Ann Grifalconi

The author

Biography

Ann Grifalconi,
Author/Illustrator

Recent Winner of both Jane Addams Awards & the Caldecott Honor Award, Author-Illustrator Ann Grifalconi has illustrated over 75 books for other authors and has also illustrated a dozen or more picture books of her own (more are in the works). She works in many media for publication and has exhibited her drawing, prints and paintings regularly in galleries and traveling shows.

Honors and Awards:
• Two 2003 JANE ADDAMS AWARDS for PATROL & VILLAGE THAT VANISHED

• 1987 CALDECOTT HONOR AWARD, FOR "VILLAGE OF ROUND AND SQUARE HOUSES"

• CORRETTA KING AWARD, for "EVERETT ANDERSON'S GOODBYE," by LUCILLE CLIFTON

• LUCILLE CLIFTON AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF GRAPHIC ARTS, FOR "DON'T YOU TURN BACK" by L. HUGHES

• "BALLAD OF THE BURGLAR OF BABYLON" by ELIZABETH BISHOP ("OUTSTANDING"--NEW YORK TIMES)

• NEW YORK TIMES BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, "THE JAZZ MAN", by MARY H. WEIK

• ALA NOTABLE BOOKS, FOR "THE JAZZ MAN” & "VILLAGE OF ROUND & SQUARE HOUSES"

• FAVORITE BOOK "DARKNESS AND THE BUTTERFLY" STATE VOTE OF OKLA.SCHOOLCHILDREN

• CHICAGO'S "PERENNIAL FAVORITE "CITY RHYTHMS"

• INTERNATIONAL READING LIST for the novel NOT HOME, about a boy in a children’s home

Her educational background includes:
• NYC public high school as art major

• College: GRADUATE: COOPER UNION ART SCHOOL, & NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (BS)

• POST GRADUATE: HUNTER COLLEGE (Studied with ROBERT MOTHERWELL, & GABOR PETARDIE, GRAPHICS)

• Also attended CINCINNATI UNIVERSITY & THE NEW SCHOOL (FILM)

Work Experience:
After working for a few years in advertising and display, Ms. Grifalconi taught art and design in the NY Public High Schools for several years, leaving to produce films and write & illustrate books--all of which meant much research & travel (Africa, The Americas, Pacific), bringing her many wonderful friends & experiences.

Selected Work

Fiction
Not Home
Selected for International Reading List (IRA) Two young brothers enter a childrens shelter and learn how to survive...Not everyone can...
Fiction / Picture Book
Village of Round and Square Houses
Like no other village in the world--in Tos, Africa, the women live in round houses--the men in square ones! How this came about is told by young Osa, who had grown up there.
The Village that Vanished
Bravery and ingenuity flow on the female side of this exciting story of an entire village hiding from slavers--a story from the heart of Africa--told by a great storyteller!

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