Designspiration: Tomie dePaola

Today's "designspiration" is an author/illustrator whose books could fill an entire bookcase.  I feel like Tomie dePaola could be one of my old friends. I have never met him in person but it feels like I have many times. I think that is a testament to his books, his creativity and his artistic style. There were many days spent reading his books to my children when they were young.  When my daughter was in second grade in Connecticut, it was great fun to give a presentation to her class about his books, his life and his artwork.  

Tomie has written and illustrated about 200 books for children. His books include his own Mother Goose collection, favorite poems, religious books and his series "The Barkers" whose pups resemble his own dogs.  When you read his biography you instantly understand the inspiration behind his religious books.  After he graduated from college he became a Benedictine monk for a short time.  He also created wall murals at the Benedictine Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, Massachusetts and personally collects images of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  

His work is timeless and I am sure many more generations will read and enjoy his body of work.

Tomie with his dog, Bronté © by Julie Maris/Semel     www.tomie.com

Tomie with his dog, Bronté © by Julie Maris/Semel    www.tomie.com