Children's Book Illustrator and Author Anita Lobel to Speak at Founders' Day
Feb. 6, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Award-winning children's book illustrator and author Anita Lobel
will speak Feb. 25 at Illinois Wesleyan University's Founders' Day Convocation. Lobel's
address "Walls, Bridges, Crossings: Getting There!" will begin at 11 a.m. in Westbrook
Auditorium of Presser Hall, 1210 N. Park St. The event is free and open to the public.
Among Lobel's nearly 60 books are her illustrated works A New Coat for Anna, This Quiet Lady and On Market Street, which won several awards including a Caldecott Honor for illustration. Her childhood
memoir No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award.
In No Pretty Pictures, Lobel recounts her experiences as a Jewish child in World War II Poland. Lobel's
nanny took Anita and her younger brother into hiding when she was five years old.
While hiding in a convent, the children were discovered and sent to a concentration
camp. After liberation, she and her brother were reunited with their parents in Sweden.
In the 1950s her family moved to New York. Lobel graduated from Pratt Institute with
a degree in fine arts. While a student Lobel met her future husband Arnold Lobel,
who became a children's book author. She began her own career as a children's book
illustrator upon the suggestion of her husband's editor.In 1965 Lobel published her
first picture book Sven's Bridge, which went on to receive a Best Illustrated Book selection from the New York Times Book Review.
Lobel's work has been featured in the annual exhibition of original picture book art
at The Society of Illustrators in New York City and in galleries in New York and Los
Angeles. Internationally, Lobel's work has been displayed by several museum collections
in Japan that specialize in children's book illustrations. Lobel's illustrations will
be on display Feb. 9-March 31 at the Illinois Wesleyan Merwin Gallery. She will present a gallery talk Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. A book signing and reception will
The Convocation marks the 165th anniversary of IWU's founding. In 1850 a group of 30 civic and religious leaders
joined together to establish "an Institution of learning of Collegiate grade."