Arnold Lobel

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Arnold Lobel
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Born Arnold Stark Lobel
(1933-05-22)May 22, 1933
Los Angeles, California
Died December 4, 1987(1987-12-04) (aged 54)
Manhattan, New York, USA
Occupation Writer, illustrator
Nationality American
Genre Children's picture books
Notable works
Notable awards Caldecott Medal
Spouse Anita Lobel
Children Adrianne Lobel, Adam Lobel

Arnold Stark Lobel (May 22, 1933 – December 4, 1987) was an American author of children's books, including the Frog and Toad series and Mouse Soup. He both wrote and illustrated those picture books, as well as Fables for which he won the 1981 Caldecott Medal recognizing the year's best-illustrated U.S. picture book.

Lobel also illustrated the works of other authors, including Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley, first published in 1969.


He was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lucille Stark and Joseph Lobel, but was raised in Schenectady, New York.[1] He attended Pratt Institute in New York City. When he graduated from art school, he married Anita Kempler, also a children's book author and illustrator. He had two children: a daughter, Adrianne, who was married to actor Mark Linn-Baker; a son, Adam; and three grandchildren.

Lobel died of complications arising from AIDS on December 4, 1987, at Doctors Hospital (Manhattan, New York).[2][3][4]

In 2009, Adrianne Lobel started releasing some of her father's archive material in the form of new books, with added watercolors by herself. The Frogs and Toads All Sang was released in May 2009, and Odd Owls and Stout Pigs was released in October 2009.


Lobel won the 1981 Caldecott Medal from the American Library Association, recognizing Fables as the year's best-illustrated U.S. children's picture book. He was also a runner-up in 1971 and 1972 Medals, for Frog and Toad are Friends and Hildilid's Night (Caldecott Honor Books).[5] He won the Garden State Children's Book Award from the New Jersey Library Association for Mouse Soup (1977).

Selected works[edit]

Frog and Toad series[edit]

A series of books featuring Frog and Toad

The musical A Year with Frog and Toad (workshopped 2000, premiered 2002), by Adrianne Lobel and others, played on Broadway in 2003 and has toured nationally since.

Mister Muster series[edit]

Featuring Arnold Lobel's first self-written and illustrated book

Mouse series[edit]

As illustrator[edit]

  • Happy Times with Holiday Rhymes (1958) by Tamar Grand
  • My First Book of Prayers (1958) by Edythe Scharfstein, Sol Scharfstein, and Ezekiel Schloss
  • The Book of Chanukah Poems, Riddles, Stories, Songs, Things to Do (1959) by Edythe Scharfstein and Ezekial Schloss
  • The Complete Book of Hanukkah (1959) by Kinneret Chiel
  • Holidays are Nice: Around the Year with the Jewish Child (1960) by Robert Garvey and Ezekiel Schloss
  • Red Tag Comes Back (1961) by Fred Phleger
  • Something Old Something New (1961) by Susan Rhinehart
  • Little Runner of the Longhouse (1962) by Betty Baker
  • The Secret Three (1963) by Mildred Myrick
  • Miss Suzy (1964) by Miriam Young
  • Dudley Pippin (1965) by Phil Ressner
  • The Witch on the Corner (1966) by Felice Holman
  • The Star Thief (1968) by Andrea DiNoto
  • Ants Are Fun (1969) by Mildred Myrick
  • I'll Fix Anthony (1969) by Judith Viorst
  • As I Was Crossing Boston Common (1973) by Norma Farber
  • The Clay Pot Boy (1974) by Cynthia Jameson

Written by Millicent E. Selsam[edit]

A series of Science I Can Read Books all written by Millicent E. Selsam and illustrated by Arnold Lobel:

  • Greg's Microscope (1963)
  • Terry and the Caterpillars (1963)
  • Let's Get Turtles (1965)
  • Benny's Animals and How He Put Them in Order (1966)

Written by Jack Prelutsky[edit]

Books that Arnold Lobel illustrated for Jack Prelutsky:

  • The Terrible Tiger (1970)
  • Circus (1974)
  • Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep (1976)
  • The Mean Old Mean Hyena (1978)
  • The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight: More Poems to Trouble Your Sleep (1980)
  • The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)
  • Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast: Dinosaur Poems (1988)

Written by Nathaniel Benchley[edit]

Books that Arnold Lobel illustrated for Nathaniel Benchley:

  • Red Fox and His Canoe (1964)
  • Oscar Otter (1966)
  • The Strange Disappearance of Arthur Cluck (1967)
  • Sam the Minuteman (1969)

Written by Peggy Parish[edit]

Books that Arnold Lobel illustrated for Peggy Parish:

  • Let's Be Indians (1962)
  • Let's Be Early Settlers with Daniel Boone (1967)
  • Dinosaur Time (1974)

Written by Lilian Moore[edit]

Books that Arnold Lobel illustrated for Lilian Moore:

  • The Magic Spectacles and Other Easy-to-Read Stories (1965)
  • Junk Day on Juniper Street and Other Easy-to-Read Stories (1969)

Written by Edward Lear[edit]

Books that Arnold Lobel illustrated for Edward Lear:

  • The Four Little Children Who Went Around the World (1968)
  • The New Vestments (1970)

Written by Charlotte Zolotow[edit]

Books that Arnold Lobel illustrated for Charlotte Zolotow:

  • The Quarreling Book (1963)
  • Someday (1965)

Written by Jean van Leeuwen[edit]

Books that Arnold Lobel illustrated for Jean van Leeuwen:

  • Tales of Oliver Pig (1979)
  • More Tales of Oliver Pig (1981)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Arnold (Stark) Lobel Biography from Dictionary of Literary Biography on Arnold (Stark) Lobel". Bookrags. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Arnold Lobel, 54, author, illustrator" (Google News Archive), Ocala Star-Banner, December 8, 1987: 5B, retrieved January 15, 2012 
  3. ^ "It has a name: AIDS" (Google News Archive), Rome News-Tribune, Associated Press, January 7, 1990, retrieved January 15, 2012 
  4. ^ Stout, Hilary (December 6, 1987), "Arnold Lobel, Author-Illustrator", The New York Times 
  5. ^ "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present". American Library Association. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Odd owls & stour pigs in libraries (WorldCat catalog). Retrieved March 12, 2014. The cover image seems to say "Words by Adrianne Lobel".
  7. ^ The frogs and toads all sang in libraries (WorldCat catalog). Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  • Hearn, Michael (January 10, 1988), "Arnold Lobel: An Appreciation", The Washington Post (ProQuest) 
  • Shannon, George. Arnold Lobel. Boston: Twayne, 1989.

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