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 illustrations. Since childhood she prefers folk and fairy tales, poetry, fantasy and stories.


Hogrogian was born in New York City to parents born in Armenia. Her parents were amateur painters and her sister became an interior designer.[1] Hogrogian earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hunter College in 1953. Afterward, Hogrogian worked as a book designer at Thomas Y. Crowell Co.; studied with Antonio Frasconi and Hodaka Yoshida, and studied art at the New School.[1] In 1960, Crowell published her first works in the book, 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 as a freelance illustrator.

In 1971 Hogrogian married David Kherdian, a 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).[2] Hogrogian has illustrated some of his poetic anthologies and other works for publication.[1]


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".[3] 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 received a Caldecott Honor in 1977 for The Contest, another story she retold and illustrated.[3]




  1. ^ a b c "Nonny Hogrogian Papers". de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. University of Southern Mississippi. Retrieved June 26, 2013. With biographical sketch.
  2. ^ "Nonny Hogrogian and David Kherdian: Papers, 1966–1986". Milne Special Collections. University of New Hampshire. Retrieved June 26, 2013. With biographical sketch.
  3. ^ a b "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

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