Nonny Hogrogian

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Nonny Hogrogian (born May 7, 1932) is an Armenian-American writer and illustrator, known best for children's picture books. She has won two annual Caldecott Medals for U.S. children's book illustration.[1] Since childhood she prefers folk and fairy tales, poetry, fantasy and stories with strong nationalistic themes.


Hogrogian was born in New York City to parents born in Armenia. Both parents were amateur painters and her sister became an interior designer.[2] She earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hunter College in 1953. Afterward Hogrogian worked as a book designer at Thomas Y. Crowell Co.; and studied art at the New School.[2] Crowell published her first book in 1960, King of the Kerry Fair by Nicolete Meredith, which Hogrogian illustrated with woodcuts. Subsequently she has worked as a designer at Holt and Scribner's and she has been a freelance illustrator.

In 1971 Hogrogian married David Kherdian, an Armenian-American writer and editor. For two years they lived in Lyme Center, New Hampshire, where he was the state "poet-in-the-schools". The state university library is one repository for their works (in a joint collection).[3] She has illustrated some of his poetry anthologies and some of his own works for publication.[2]


Hogrogian won the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1966 and 1972; the American Library Association award annually recognizes the previous year's "most distinguished American picture book for children".[1] Always Room for One More was written by Sorche Nic Leodhas and published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1965. One Fine Day, an old Armenian tale that she retold and illustrated, was published by Macmillan US in 1971.

Hogrogian was a Caldecott runner-up in 1977 for The Contest, another story she retold and illustrated.[1]

Kherdian won the 1979 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for children's nonfiction[4] – and he was the only runner-up for the 1980 Newbery Medal[5] – recognizing The Road From Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl (1979), about the childhood of his mother Veron Dumehjian before and during her World War I-era deportation from Turkey. In the sequel Finding Home (1981) she settles in America as a mail-order bride.

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  1. ^ a b c "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938–Present".Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA).
      "The Randolph Caldecott Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Nonny Hogrogian Papers". de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. University of Southern Mississippi. Retrieved June 26, 2013. . With biographical sketch.
  3. ^ "Nonny Hogrogian and David Kherdian: Papers, 1966-1986". Milne Special Collections. University of New Hampshire. Retrieved June 26, 2013. With biographical sketch.
  4. ^ "Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: Winners and Honor Books 1967 to present". The Horn Book. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922–Present". ALSC. ALA.
      "The John Newbery Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved June 26, 2013.

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