Acclaimed author Tomie Depaola is best known for his children’s books. His works are so innovative that he is considered to be one of Educational Paperback Association’s 100 top authors. Mr. DePaola is of Irish-Italian descent, and his personality shows the best of both ethnicities. His vibrant voice can be heard on his voice mail, which makes you wish you could meet him in person.
An author and illustrator in his own right, Mr. DePaola also illustrates other children’s books. His interest in art began at a very young age, and his parents supported this by buying him paints and art supplies and giving them to for Christmas when he was only nine. His interest in art, and his natural talent, was enhanced by his studies at Pratt University in New York. Mr. DePaola draws on his own life experiences and memories as inspiration for his books and artwork. Mr. DePaola considers himself a protégé of Wolfgang Lederer because he felt that Mr. Lederer gave him the freedom he needed to express himself.
Bibliography (Articles And Reviews About Depaola)
- Uconn Advance
: The Uconn Advance published an article on October 4, 1999, concerning the plans for the University of Connecticut to award Mr. DePaola an honorary degree at graduation ceremonies.
- Thomas Anthony DePaola: Mr. DePaola’s long and varied career can be viewed here.
Unit / Lesson Plans
- Tony’s Bread:
This book was used as part of a Social Studies lesson plan.
Awards & Recognition
- Internationally Recognized Author: The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) listed Mr. Depaola as a featured writer.