By the time he could hold a pencil, Tomie dePaola knew his life’s work would be writing and illustrating children's books. He has received many awards including a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona and a nomination for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.
DePaola has published more than two hundred children’s books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.
DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his dog. His studio is in a large, renovated two-hundred-year-old barn.