Molly Bang

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Molly G. Bang
Born (1943-12-29) December 29, 1943 (age 74)
Princeton, New Jersey[1]
Nationality American
Alma mater Wellesley College, University of Arizona, Harvard University
Known for Children's Book Illustrations
Notable work When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry...

Molly Garrett Bang (born December 29, 1943) is an American illustrator. For her illustration of children's books she has been a runner-up for the American Caldecott Medal three times and for the British Greenaway Medal once. Announced June 2015, her 1996 picture book Goose is the 2016 Phoenix Picture Book Award winner – that is, named by the Children's Literature Association the best English-language children's picture book that did not win a major award when it was published twenty years earlier.[2]


Bang was born in Princeton, New Jersey. Her education includes attendance at Wellesley College, reception of a Master of Arts degree from the University of Arizona (1969) and Harvard University (1970).[3]

Bang began writing children's books after a failed stint as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. At first illustrating folk tales, she turned eventually to her own stories, which carry an emotional intensity rare in children's illustration. The ability to carry emotion in pictures is of particular interest to her; her one book for adults, Picture This (1991) is specifically about the practical ways pictures work. Her wordless picture book The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher is notable for its use of negative space and the way Bang contrasts bright colors against grey.[4]

In the 2000s, Bang and her daughter Monika Bang-Campbell collaborated as illustrator and writer to create three picture books featuring Little Rat, a girl rat who learns with courage or practice to sail, to ride a horse, and to play the violin.[5]

She lives in California, after having lived for some time in Massachusetts.[1]


As writer or editor and illustrator[edit]

  • The Goblins Giggle, And Other Stories (1973)
  • Men From The Village Deep In The Mountains and Other Japanese Folk Tales (1973)
  • Wiley And The Hairy Man: Adapted From An American Folktale (1976)
  • The Buried Moon And Other Stories (1977)
  • The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher (1980)
  • Tye May And The Magic Brush (1981)
  • Yellow Ball (1991)
  • Ten, Nine, Eight (1983), a counting book
  • Dawn (1983, reissued 2002)
  • The Paper Crane (1985)
  • Delphine (1988)
  • Picture This: Perception & Composition, foreword By Rudolf Arnheim (1991); revised as Picture This: How Pictures Work (2000)
  • One Fall Day (1994)
  • Chattanooga Sludge (1996)
  • Goose (1996)
  • Common Ground: The Water, Earth, And Air We Share (1997)
  • When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry ... (1999)
  • Nobody Particular: One Woman's Fight To Save The Bays (2000)
  • Tiger's Fall (2001)
  • My Light (2004)
  • In My Heart (2005)
  • Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring The Earth To Life (2009), by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
  • All of Me! A Book of Thanks (2009)

As illustrator only[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Molly's Biography". Retrieved 2018-03-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Phoenix Picture Book Award". Children's Literature Association ( June 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  3. ^ Artists of Books for Children. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Book Bay and Harry W. Schwartz Bookstores. 1987. p. 16. LCCN 86-063431. 
  4. ^ Peterson, Linda Kauffman; Marilyn Leather Solt (1982). Newberry and Caldecott Medal and Honor Books: an annotated bibliography. Boston: G. K. Hall & Co. p. 375. ISBN 0-8161-8448-8. 
  5. ^ a b Publisher Synopsis. "Little Rat makes music". Catalog record, unknown library. WorldCat. Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  6. ^ Aesop Award Archived 2010-09-25 at the Wayback Machine.

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