Roger Duvoisin

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Roger Duvoisin (August 28, 1904 – 1980) was a Swiss-born American writer and illustrator, best known for children's picture books. He won the 1948 Caldecott Medal for picture books[1] and in 1968 he was a highly commended runner-up for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's illustrators.[2]


Duvoisin was born in Geneva, Switzerland and he studied at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. His first job was designing scenery, making textiles, and painting murals. He married Louise Fatio, another artist from Switzerland. In 1927 they moved to New York City. He became an American citizen in 1938.[3]

Books and awards[edit]

Duvoisin wrote his first book in the U.S.

He won the Caldecott Medal for White Snow, Bright Snow, written by Alvin Tresselt (D. Lothrop Co., 1947). The annual American Library Association award recognizes the illustrator of the year's "most distinguished American picture book for children".[1] Their 1965 collaboration Hide and Seek Fog was one of three Caldecott runners-up.[1]

Fatio wrote and Duvoisin illustrated the The Happy Lion, a picture book published by McGraw-Hill in 1954. It was her first book and the first of ten Happy Lion books they created together (1954–1980). Its German-language edition (Der glückliche Löwe) won the inaugural 1956 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.

Duvoisin both wrote and illustrated successful series about Petunia the goose and Veronica the hippopotamus,[4] inaugurated by Petunia (Alfred A. Knopf, 1950) and Veronica (Knopf, 1961; The Bodley Head, 1961).

In 1961 he received an award from the Society of Illustrators. In 1966 he received the Rugers Bi-Centennial award.

His books were published by The Bodley Head Ltd in London, Sydney and Toronto.[clarification needed]


  • And There Was America (1938)
  • Crocus (1977)
  • Day and Night
  • Donkey–Donkey
  • The Crocodile In The Tree
  • Easter Treat
  • Happy Lion
  • The Happy Hunter (1961)
  • Hide and Seek Fog
  • The House of Four Seasons
  • Jasmine
  • Our Veronica Goes to Petunia's Farm
  • Petunia
  • Petunia Takes A Trip
  • Snowy and Woody
  • Spring Snow
  • The Miller, His Son, and Their Donkey, a retelling of the fable
  • The Night Before Christmas
  • Veronica's Smile

See also[edit]


  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 2013-07-15.
  2. ^ "Candidates for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards 1956–2002". The Hans Christian Andersen Awards, 1956–2002. IBBY. Gyldendal. 2002. Pages 110–18. Hosted by Austrian Literature Online ( Retrieved 2013-07-15.
  3. ^ Crocus (1977), cover. The Bodley Head Ltd: London, Sydney, Toronto, ISBN 0-370-30001-7.
  4. ^ "Guide to the Roger Duvoisin and Louise Fatio Papers 1934–1968". North West Digital Archives. 2006. Retrieved 2013-07-15. . Small collection held by University of Oregon Libraries. With historical note.

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