Paul Galdone

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Paul Galdone
Born (1907-06-02)June 2, 1907
Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Died November 7, 1986(1986-11-07) (aged 79)
Nyack, New York, USA
Occupation Illustrator, writer
Nationality American
Notable works
  • · Anatole
  • · The Gingerbread Boy; 'Three Little Kittens; The Little Red Hen; The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • · George Washington's Breakfast

Paul Galdone (June 2, 1907 - November 7, 1986) was an illustrator and writer known best for children's picture books.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Budapest and he emigrated to the United States in 1921. He studied art at the Art Student's League and New York School for Industrial Design. He served in the US Army during World War II.

Career and honors[edit]

He illustrated nearly all of Eve Titus' books including, Basil of Baker Street series which was translated to the screen in the animated Disney film, The Great Mouse Detective. Galdone and Titus were nominated for Caldecott Medals for Anatole (1957) and Anatole and the Cat (1958).[1] The titles were later named Caldecott Honor books in 1971. He was posthumously awarded the 1996 Kerlan Award for his contribution to children's literature.[2] His retellings of classic tales like The Little Red Hen or Three Billy Goats Gruff have become staples.


He died of a heart attack in Nyack, New York.

Selected works[edit]

Year Title Contribution Text
1946 The Little Green Car Illustrated by C. D. Emerson
1951 Nine Lives; or, the celebrated cat of Beacon Hill Illustrated by Edward Fenton
1951 Of Mikes and Men Illustrated by Jane Woodfin
LCSH: (Fiction) Radio ...; Women radio writers; Portland, OR
1952 Space Cat Illustrated by Ruthven Todd
1956 Anatole
(series of ten to 1979)
Illustrated by Eve Titus
featuring a "mouse village" near Paris
1958 Basil of Baker Street
(series of five to 1982)
Illustrated by Eve Titus
featuring the "great mouse detective"
1963 The Blind Men and the Elephant Illustrated by John Godfrey Saxe, from the Indian fable Blind men and an elephant
1963 Paul Revere's Ride Illustrated from the American poem "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
1968 Henny Penny Adapted and illus. from the "Henny Penny" fable
1969 George Washington's Breakfast Illustrated by Jean Fritz
1969 The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jataka Tale from India Written and illus. from one of the Indian Jataka tales
1971 Three Aesop Fox Fables Adapted and illus. from Aesop's Fables
1973 The Little Red Hen Adapted and illus. from the "Little Red Hen" folktale
1973 The Three Billy Goats Gruff Adapted and illus. from the Norwegian fairytale Three Billy Goats Gruff
1974 Little Red Riding Hood Adapted and illus. from the European fairytale Little Red Riding Hood
1976 Puss in Boots Adapted and illus. from the French fairytale Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
1979 The Gingerbread Boy Adapted and illus. from the American fairytale The Gingerbread Boy
1983 The Greedy Old Fat Man Written and illus.
1986 The Three Little Kittens Adapted and illus. from the English nursery rhyme "Three Little Kittens"
1987 The Complete Story of the Three Blind Mice Illustrated by John W. Ivimey from the English nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice"
(posthumous publication)


External links[edit]

* Paul Galdone Papers at the University of Connecticut Libraries — with comprehensive list of works

  • Paul Galdone Collection in the Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries — finding aid with biographical sketch
  • Paul Galdone at LC Authorities — with 198 catalog records