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Anita Lobel

“I usually plan a book as a play. The pictures become 'scenes' with 'principals' and 'chorus' grouped and regrouped according to what is then happening in the story. Writing and illustrating books for children is a form of drama for me. I approach the construction of a picture book as if it were a theatre piece to be performed, assigning dialogue, dressing the characters, and putting them into an appropriate setting.” ~ Anita Lobel

Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of three books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), Nini Here and There, and Nini Lost and Found. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.


Anita Lobel
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All The World's A Stage: Anita Lobel

Exhibition Retired


  • 02.10.11 - 05.28.11: National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature