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Tomie DePaola

(2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award)

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954 by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The award, a bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Between 1960 and 1980, the Wilder Award was given every five years. From 1980 to 2001, it was awarded every three years. Beginning in 2001, it has been awarded every two years. The award information was retrieved from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award website. The call numbers for the books owned by the UMD library are provided after the citation.


DePaola, Tomi. (1999). 26 Fairmount Avenue. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons. INTR-FIC D419TW

Children's author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and at school when he was a boy.

DePaola, Tomi. (2002). Adelita : a Mexican Cinderella story. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons. 398.2 D419ad

After the death of her mother and father, Adelita is badly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters until she finds her own true love at a grand fiesta.

DePaola, Tomi. (1973). Andy, that’s my name. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall. PRIM-FIC D419A

Andy’s friends construct different words from his name: "an" words, "and" words, and "andy" words.

DePaola, Tomi. (1978). Bill and Pete. New York : Putnam. PRIM-FIC D419B 

Bill the crocodile and Pete, Bill’s "toothbrush" bird, share adventures on the banks of the Nile including Bill’s first day of school where he learns to spell his name. But when the Bad Guy from Cairo captures Bill to turn him into a suitcase, the talking toothbrush saves Bill’s crocodile hide.

DePaola, Tomi. (1978). The Christmas pageant. (Text from the stories of Matthew and Luke). Minneapolis : Winston Press. 232.9 D4197c 

Text and illustrations retell the story of the Nativity as performed in a children’s Christmas pageant.

DePaola, Tomi. (1975). The cloud book : words and pictures. New York : Holiday House. 551.5 D419c

Introduces the ten most common types of clouds, the myths that have been inspired by their shapes, and what they can tell about coming weather changes.

DePaola, Tomi. (1978). The clown of God : an old story. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PRIM-FIC D419C 

A once-famous Italian juggler, now old and a beggar, gives one final performance before a statue of Our Lady and the Holy Child.

DePaola, Tomi. (1987). An early American Christmas. New York : Holiday House. PRIM-FIC D419EA 

The inhabitants of a New England village never make much fuss about Christmas until a new family moves in and celebrates the holiday in a special way.

DePaola, Tomi. (1979). Flicks. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PRIM-FIC D419EX 

Five short "silent movies" include "Tooth Troubles," "The Birthday Cake," "Rhonda Rolls Along," "The New Baby," and "A Sleep-time Saga."

DePaola, Tomi. (1977). Four stories for four seasons. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall. PRIM-FIC D419F 

Four friends--a cat, dog, pig, and frog--share the delights of each season.

DePaola, Tomi. (1977). Helga’s dowry : a troll love story. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PRIM-FIC D419H 

Helga, a troll, ventures into the world of people to earn her dowry to marry Lars, but things do not work out as she hopes.

DePaola, Tomi. (2006). I’m still scared. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 813 D4194i 

Since the attack on Pearl Harbor, some things have gone on as usual but there are air raid drills, too, and black curtains on the windows to keep lights from being seen so the war is always there...

DePaola, Tomi. (1980). The knight and the dragon. New York : Putnam. PRIM-FIC D419K 

A knight who has never fought a dragon and an equally inexperienced dragon prepare to meet each other in battle.

DePaola, Tomi. (1980). The legend of Old Befana : an Italian Christmas story. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 398.2 D419k 

Because Befana’s household chores kept her from finding the Baby King, she searches to this day, leaving gifts for children on the Feast of the Three Kings.

DePaola, Tomi. (1983). The legend of the bluebonnet : an old tale of Texas. London : Methuen. PRIM-FIC D419Le 

A retelling of the Comanche Indian legend of how a little girl’s sacrifice brought the flower called bluebonnet to Texas.

DePaola, Tomi. (1988). The legend of the Indian paintbrush. New York : Putnam. 398.2 D419L 

Little Gopher follows his destiny, as revealed in a Dream-Vision, of becoming an artist for his people and eventually is able to bring the colors of the sunset down to the earth.

DePaola, Tomi. (1986). Merry Christmas, Strega Nona. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PRIM-FIC D419ME 

Big Anthony plans a surprise Christmas party for Strega Nona.

DePaola, Tomi. (1973). Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs. New York : Putnam. PRIM-FIC D419NA 

A small boy enjoys his relationship with his grandmother and his great-grandmother, but he learns to face their inevitable death.

DePaola, Tomi. (1980). Now one foot, now the other. New York : Putnam. PRIM-FIC D419NO 

When his grandfather suffers a stroke, Bobby teaches him to walk, just as his grandfather had once taught him.

DePaola, Tomi. (1979). Oliver Button is a sissy. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PRIM-FIC D419O 

His classmates’ taunts don’t stop Oliver Button from doing what he likes best.

DePaola, Tomi. (1978). Pancakes for breakfast. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PRIM-FIC D419PA 

A little old lady’s attempts to have pancakes for breakfast are hindered by a scarcity of supplies and the participation of her pets.

DePaola, Tomi. (1992). Patrick : patron saint of Ireland. New York : Holiday House. 270.2 D4197p 

Relates the life and legends of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

DePaola, Tomi. (1978). The popcorn book. New York : Holiday House. 641.6 D419P 

Presents a variety of facts about popcorn and includes two recipes.

DePaola, Tomi. (1980). The prince of the Dolomites : an old Italian tale. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 398.2 D419pr 

Because of the love of Prince Pazzo of the Dolomites for Princess Lucia of the Moon, the black peaks of the Dolomite mountains are changed to glimmering white, blue, pink, and yellow.

DePaola, Tomi. (1977). The quicksand book. New York : Holiday House. 552 D419q 

Discusses the composition of quicksand and rescue procedures.

DePaola, Tomi. (1975). Strega Nona : an old tale. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall. 398.2 D419s

When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.

DePaola, Tomi. (2003). Things will never be the same. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 813 D4194t 

Author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school in 1941 when he was a boy.

DePaola, Tomi. (1993). Tom. New York : Putnam’s. PRIM-FIC D419T 

Aside from having the same name, Tommy and his grandfather Tom share a sense of humor.

DePaola, Tomi. (1974). Watch out for the chicken feet in your soup. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall. PRIM-FIC D419W

Embarrassed to introduce his friend to his old-fashioned Italian grandmother, a young boy gains a new appreciation of her when he finds how well she and his friend get along.

DePaola, Tomi. (2002). What a year! New York : Putnam’s. 921 D4194d

During the new school year after Tomie’s sixth birthday he goes trick-or-treating, gets chicken pox when he’s supposed to be in the Christmas pageant, gets to stay up til midnight on New Year’s Eve, and more.

DePaola, Tomi. (1976). When everyone was fast asleep. New York : Holiday House. PRIM-FIC D419WH

When everyone was fast asleep, the Fog Maiden sends a cat to carry two sleeping children off for a fantastical evening highlighted by a palace ball.

DePaola, Tomi. (2007). Why? : the war years. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 813.54 D4194w 

As the war rages in Europe, life at 26 Fairmount Avenue is much the same. Tomie still helps at the grocery store and struggles with penmanship at school. Then Cousin Blackie stops en route to his mission to fly as a bomber gunner. When tragedy strikes, all Tomie can do is ask, "Why?"


Beat the drum, Independence Day has come. (1977). (Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins ; illustrations by Tomie DePaola). New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 811.08 H794b

An anthology of poems about American independence.

The Friendly beasts : an old English Christmas carol. (1981). (Illustrations by Tomie DePaola). New York : Putnam. 783.6 F9113

In this old English Christmas carol the friendly stable beasts tell of the gifts they have given to the newborn Jesus.

Fritz, Jean. (1982). The good giants and the bad pukwudgies. (Illustrated by Tomie DePaola). New York : Putnam. PRIM-FIC F9198GO 

The giant Maushop and his family form the geography of Cape Cod in their battles with the pukwudgies.

Graham, John. (1976). I love you, mouse. (Pictures by Tomie DePaola). New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PRIM-FIC G7396il 

A child imagines the things he would do with various animals if he were one of them.

Moore, Clement Clarke. (1980).The night before Christmas. (Illustrated by Tomie DePaola). New York : Holiday House. 811.2 M8213dep 

A well-known poem about an important Christmas Eve visitor.

Fritz, Jean. (1987). Shh! we’re writing the Constitution. (Illustrated by Tomie DePaola). New York : Putnam. 342.73 F919s   

Describes how the Constitution came to be written and ratified. Also includes the full text of the document produced by the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

Willard, Nancy. (1977). Simple pictures are best. (Pictures by Tomie DePaola). New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PRIM-FIC W6943si 

A shoemaker and his wife being photographed for their wedding anniversary keep adding items to the picture despite the photographer’s admonition that "Simple pictures are best."

Johnston, Tony. (1994). The tale of Rabbit and Coyote. (Illustrated by Tomie DePaola). New York : Putnam’s. 398.2 J734t 

Rabbit outwits Coyote in this Zapotec tale which explains why coyotes howl at the moon.

Murphy, Shirley Rousseau. (1983). Tattie’s river journey. (Pictures by Tomie DePaola). New York : Dial Press. PRIM-FIC M9788ta

When Tattie’s house floats away on a flooded river, she takes in several animals and people and has a wonderful ride.

Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose. (1985). New York : Putnam. 398.8 M918dp 

An illustrated collection of 204 Mother Goose nursery rhymes, including well-known ones such as "Little Boy Blue" and less familiar ones such as "Charlie Warlie and his cow."

Rose, Anne K. (1979). The triumphs of Fuzzy Fogtop. (Pictures by Tomie DePaola). New York : Dial Press. PRIM-FIC R7952tr 

A fuzzy-brained but lovable man loses himself, attempts to travel from Pinsk to Minsk, and mistakes the identity of his old friend Harry.

Kroll, Steven. (1976). The tyrannosaurus game. (Illustrated by Tomie DePaola). New York : Holiday House. PRIM-FIC K928TY 

A group of children relate their adventures with a tyrannosaurus.

Pinkwater, Daniel Manus. (1980). The Wuggie Norple story. (Pictures by Tomie DePaola). New York : Four Winds Press. PRIM-FIC P655wu 

The family’s new pet kitten grows at such a ridiculous rate that the father must bring home animals to compare its size each day.


Author Information

Tomie DePaola (1934- ). (1993). In Something about the author autobiography series (Vol. 15, pp. 87-106). Detroit: Gale. Online Something about the Author database.

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