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Leonard Weisgard

Leonard Weisgard
Born Leonard Joseph Weisgard
(1916-12-12)December 12, 1916
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Died January 14, 2000(2000-01-14) (aged 83)
Nationality American
Education Pratt Institute
Known for Children's picture book illustration
Notable work Collaborations with Margaret Wise Brown
Awards Caldecott Medal

Leonard Joseph Weisgard (December 13, 1916 – January 14, 2000)[1] was an American writer and illustrator of more than 200 children's books. He is known best for his collaborations with writer Margaret Wise Brown. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and spent most of his childhood in England.

Weisgard studied art at the Pratt Institute in New York City. His first book, Suki the Siamese Pussy, was published in 1937 and his first collaboration with Brown was two years later, The Noisy Books. He won the 1948 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing The Little Island, written by Brown. They collaborated again on The Important Book, published by Harper & Brothers in 1949. Writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was a Newbery Medal runner-up in 1956 for The Secret River, which Weisgard illustrated.

Weisgard married Phyllis Monnot in 1951 and moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, with her and their three children in 1969. He died on January 14, 2000, in Denmark.

See also


  1. ^ Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, 2nd ed., 8 vols. Gale Group, 2002.

External links

  • Official website
  • Leonard Weisgard biography at
  • Leonard Weisgard: Renowned Illustrator and Author at University of Connecticut Libraries
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