February 12, 1945 |
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Education||Cass Technical High School
Wayne State University
|Notable works||The Gardener (1998)
|Spouse||Sarah Stewart (author)|
David Small (born February 12, 1945) is an American writer and illustrator who is best known for children's picture books.
David Small was born in Detroit, Michigan. He began drawing at two years old and health problems having kept him home for much of his childhood. He attended Cass Technical High School, wrote plays throughout his teenage years, but at age 21 switched to art. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree at Wayne State University and a master of fine arts degree at Yale University. Small taught art for many years on the college level, ran a film series, and made satirical sketches for campus newspapers. His first book, which he wrote and illustrated, Eulalie and the Hopping Head, was published in 1981.
Small earned a 1997 Caldecott Honor and The Christopher Medal for The Gardener, with Sarah Stewart, his wife, recipient of the 2007 Michigan Author Award. In 2001 he won the Caldecott Medal for So You Want to Be President?, combining political cartooning with children's book illustration. He received a second Caldecott Honor in 2013 for illustrating Toni Buzzeo's One Cool Friend. Small's drawings have appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times. On July 15, 2014, he was announced as a finalist for the 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature.
Small's graphic memoir, Stitches, was published in September 2009. It tells the story of Small's journey from sickly child to cancer patient, to the troubled teen who made a risky decision to run away from home at sixteen—with nothing more than the dream of becoming an artist. It is a story about voicelessness—both physical and psychical—told artfully in pictures that made Jules Feiffer say, "It left me speechless."
Stitches was reviewed by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. It was a #1 New York Times Best Seller, and was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly and Amazon.com. It was also a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Stitches has been translated into seven different languages and published in nine different countries.
As writer and illustrator
- Eulalie and the Hopping Head (Macmillan, 1982) – named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
- Imogene's Antlers (Crown Publishers, 1985)
- Paper John (Farrar, Straus and Giroux [FSG], 1987)
- Ruby Mae Has Something to Say (Crown, 1992)
- Hoover's Bride (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1995)
- Fenwick's Suit (FSG, 1996)
- George Washington's Cows (FSG, 1997)
- Stitches (W.W. Norton, 2009)
As illustrator with Sarah Stewart
- The Money Tree (FSG, 1994)
- The Library (FSG, 1995)
- The Gardener (FSG, 1997) – Caldecott Honor Book
- The Journey (FSG, 2001)
- The Friend (FSG, 2004)
- The Quiet Place (FSG, 2012)
As illustrator with other writers
- Company's Coming, written by Arthur Yorinks (Knopf, 1988)
- A Surfeit of Similes, Norton Juster (William Morrow & Co., 1989)
- Petey's Bedtime Story, Beverly Cleary (HarperCollins, 1993)
- The Christmas Crocodile, Bonnie Becker (Simon & Schuster, 1998)
- Huckabuck Family: And How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back, Carl Sandburg, (FSG, 1999) – one of the 1923 Rootabaga Stories, OCLC 38856059
- So You Want to Be President?, Judith St. George (Penguin Philomel, 2000) – winner of the 2001 Caldecott Medal
- Company's Going, Arthur Yorinks (Hyperion Books for Children, 2001)
- The Mouse and His Child, Russell Hoban (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2001)
- So You Want to Be an Inventor?, Judith St. George (Philomel, 2002)
- The Essential Worldwide Monster Guide, Linda Ashman (Simon & Schuster, 2003)
- So You Want to Be an Explorer?, Judith St. George (Philomel, 2005)
- My Senator and Me: A Dog's Eye View of Washington, D.C., Edward Moore Kennedy (Scholastic Books, 2006)
- Once Upon a Banana, Jennifer Armstrong (Simon & Schuster, 2006)
- When Dinosaurs Came with Everything, Elise Broach (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007)
- That Book Woman, Heather Henson (Atheneum, 2008)
- The Underneath, Kathi Appelt (Atheneum, 2008)
- One Cool Friend, Toni Buzzeo (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012) – Caldecott Honor Book
- Online biography from Parent's Choice Foundation
- "David Small: Biography". Authors/Illustrators. Pippin Properties, Inc (pippinproperties.com). Archived July 4, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
- American Library Association: Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938–Present. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- CNN Book News report on David Small and U.S. News & World Report, 29 January 2001. pg 8 ("The cartoonist in chief"). Archived May 20, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
-  neustadtprize.org
- It's a David Small World: The Artwork of Caldecott Medal Winner David Small: Educator Guide at the Wayback Machine (archived January 5, 2006). Multnomah County Library. October 24, 2002. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- Feiffer, Jules. Blurb in "About the Book: Early Praise". Stitches official website. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
- Konigsberg, Eric. Finding a Voice in a Graphic Memoir. The New York Times, September 6, 2009.
- Woods, Paula L. Book Review: 'Stitches: A Memoir' by David Small. Los Angeles Times. September 13, 2009.
- Gustines, George Gene. Graphic Books Best Seller List. The New York Times. September 18, 2009.
- Best Books of 2009. Publishers Weekly. November 2, 2009.
- Best Books of 2009 – Editors' Picks: Top 100 Books. Amazon.com.
- National Book Awards – 2009.