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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gail Gibbons  

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Illinois Connection

Gibbons grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gail Gibbons is an author and illustrator. As a child growing up in Chicago, Gail created her first picture book at the age of four. It was four pages long and bound together with yarn. Soon thereafter, she began taking art lessons and started writing her own stories. Gail studied graphic design at the University of Illinois and after graduating she went to work for a small TV station doing graphic work. Later, she moved to New York City where she worked on " Take a Giant Step" a children’s show that was the forerunner to "The Electric Company." The children who participated in the show suggested that Gail should create children’s books.Gibbons currently resides in Corinth, Vermont.

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Titles At Your Library


-- American Library Association Notable Book award, 1983, for Cars and How They Go, and 1985, for The Milk Makers; Washington Post/ Children's Book Guild Award, 1987, for contribution to nonfiction children's literature; International Reading Association Children's Choice Award, 1989, 1995; American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, 1992.