Marie Hall Ets (born December 16, 1895 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died Inverness, Florida in January 17, 1984) is an American writer and illustrator best known for children'spicture books. She attended Lawrence College, and in 1918, Ets journeyed to Chicago where she became a social worker at the Chicago Commons, a settlement house on the northwest side of the city. In 1960 she won the annual Caldecott Medal for her illustrations of Nine Days to Christmas, whose text she wrote with Aurora Labastida. She died in 1984. Just Me and In the Forest are both Caldecott Honor books. The black-and-white charcoal illustrations in Just Me "almost take on the appearance of woodcuts" and are similar in style to the illustrations in In the Forest. Constantine Georgiou comments in Children and Their Literature that Ets' "picture stories and easy-to-read books" (along with those of Maurice Sendak) "are filled with endearing and quaint human touches, putting them at precisely the right angle to life in early childhood."Play With Me, says Georgiou, is "a tender little tale, delicately illustrated in fragile pastels that echo the quiet mood of the story."
‡ As an illustrator Ets won the annual Caldecott Medal in 1960 for Nine Days to Christmas and she was one of the runners-up five times from 1945 to 1966 (exceeded only by Maurice Sendak). Since 1970 the runners-up are called Caldecott Honor Books.