Leonard Weisgard

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Leonard Weisgard
Born Leonard Joseph Weisgard
(1916-12-12)December 12, 1916
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Died January 14, 2000(2000-01-14) (aged 83)
Nationality American
Education Pratt Institute
Known for Children's picture book illustration
Notable work Collaborations with Margaret Wise Brown
Spouse(s) Phyllis Monnot
Awards Caldecott Medal

Leonard Joseph Weisgard (December 13, 1916 – January 14, 2000)[1] was an American writer and illustrator of more than 200 children's books. He is known best for his collaborations with writer Margaret Wise Brown.

He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and spent most of his childhood in England. Weisgard studied art at the Pratt Institute in New York City.

His first book, Suki the Siamese Pussy, was published in 1937, and his first collaboration with Brown was two years later, The Noisy Book. He won the 1948 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing The Little Island, written by Brown. They collaborated again on The Important Book, published by Harper & Brothers in 1949. Altogether, Weisgard illustrated at least 14 of Brown's books, including two that were published posthumously. (Brown wrote the text for six books that were published as by "Golden MacDonald". All were unpaged picture books illustrated by Weisgard and published by Doubleday.)[2]

Writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was a Newbery Medal runner-up in 1956 for The Secret River, which Weisgard illustrated.

He died on January 14, 2000, in Denmark.

Personal life[edit]

Weisgard married Phyllis Monnot in 1951 and moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, with her and their three children in 1969.


  1. ^ Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, 2nd ed., 8 vols. Gale Group, 2002.
  2. ^ Gaston, Bibi. The Loveliest Woman in America: A Tragic Actress, Her Lost Diaries, and Her Granddaughter's Search for Home, William Morrow (2008), p. 152.

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