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Tomie dePaola (The Children's Book Podcast #474)

November 28, 2018



Tomie dePaola is the author and illustrator of over 260 books for children, including STREGA NONA, 26 FAIRMONT AVE, and OLIVER BUTTON IS A SISSY. His newest picture book is called QUIET, and it’s as much about noticing the noise around us and in us as it is about finding the quiet around us and, ultimately, in us. Tomie wrote the book, in part, after noticing that children are so busy today and it’s not their fault. He wants children to be able to sit and be quiet and just be, and so we find Tomie expressing himself once again and so thoughtfully through his art and his stories, inviting readers to step into the story and find a place where quiet is protected.




In this gorgeous and contemplative New York Times bestselling picture book, legendary author-illustrator Tomie dePaola reminds us that mindfulness—being quiet, still, and present with one another—is a very special thing.


Everything is in such a hurry, busy as busy can be.The birds are flying so fast, the dragonfly is zooming over the water—even the trees are waving their leaves.


So what if we sit here, you next to me…and we can just be?








Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.


He has written and/or illustrated over 260 books, including Strega Nona, Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose, Oliver Button Is a Sissy, and 26 Fairmount Avenue. Nearly 25 million copies of his books have been sold.


His newest books are In a Small Kingdom, illustrated by Doug Salati, Steppin' Out: Jaunty Rhymes for Playful Times, by Lin Oliver, Andy & Sandy and the Big Talent Show, and Strega Nona and the Twins.


Quiet was published on October 9, 2018.


Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, and the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Lifetime Achievement Award. The American Library Association honored him with the Caldecott Honor and Newbery Honor awards, and the Children's Literature Legacy Award (called the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award until June, 2018) for "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children."


Pratt Institute and Georgetown University, among others, have granted him honorary doctoral degrees. Pratt Institute, in 2012, named him "one of the top 125 Pratt icons of all time." In 1999, he was selected for the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.


Tomie dePaola lives in New Hampshire, and works in a 200-year-old renovated barn.


Learn more about Tomie at


And purchase any one of Tomie dePaola's books for you, your readers, a friend, or a library HERE.







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