Early life and education
Tana Hoban was born in Philadelphia to Jeanette (Dimmerman) Hoban and Abraham T. Hoban, who were immigrants from Russia. She was the older sister of Freeda Hoban Ellis and Russell Hoban . Abraham Hoban, an advertising manager for Jewish Daily World, enrolled Tana in art classes when she was very young. Hoban attended Upper Gwynedd Public School in Philadelphia and, after her family moved to Lansdale, Pennsylvania, she attended Lansdale High School. In 1938, she graduated from the School of Design for Women, now Moore College of Art and Design. That same year, she earned a fellowship to travel and study painting in Europe.
Back in the U.S. she married photographer Edward E. Gallob in 1939 (they divorced in 1982) and self-taught herself photography. She embarked on a career in commercial photography, and specialized in photographing children. She taught photography at the University of Pennsylvania from 1966-1969, and was a visiting lecturer across the country from 1974 to 1984.
Beginning in 1970, she wrote, designed, illustrated, and published more than 110 titles." In 1980, Hoban won a book Caldecott Honor for "One Little Kitten". Hoban created picture books out of photos that taught educational concepts such as signs and symbols, the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, animals, opposites, sizes, and prepositions. Her early books were in black-and-white, but later books are in color.
Hoban spent the last two decades of her life in Paris with her second husband, John G. Morris, a photo editor at The New York Times. She died in 2006 at a hospice in Louveciennes, France, outside Paris.
- A, B, See! (out of print)
- Big Ones, Little Ones (out of print)
- Black on White
- Black & White (out of print)
- A Children's Zoo
- Dig, Drill, Dump, Fill (out of print)
- Dots, Spots, Speckles, and Stripes (out of print)
- Exactly the Opposite
- I Read Signs
- I Read Symbols
- I Walk and Read (out of print)
- Is It Larger? Is It Smaller?
- Is It Red? Is It Yellow? Is It Blue?
- Is It Rough? Is It Smooth? Is It Shiny?
- Look! Look! Look! (out of print)
- More Than One (out of print)
- Of Colors and Things
- One Little Kitten
- 1, 2, 3 (out of print)
- Panda, Panda (out of print)
- Red, Blue, Yellow Shoe (out of print)
- Round & Round & Round (out of print)
- Shadows and Reflections
- Shapes, Shapes, Shapes
- Take Another Look (out of print)
- 26 Letters and 99 Cents
- What Is It?
- White on Black
- Caldecott Honor, "One Little Kitten"
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- "Tana Hoban; Reshaped Children's Books". Matt Schudel. The Washington Post. February 10, 2006. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
- Image of a baby enjoying one of Tana Hoban's Books: Black On White
- Tana Hoban at Library of Congress Authorities, with 64 catalog records