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Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILDREN C:YOUNG ADULT Illustrator Poetry

Born: January 3, 1926 in Hinsdale, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Anglund was born and raised in Hinsdale. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. She also lived in Evanston for a time.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joan Walsh Anglund was an artist, poet, and childrens book creator. She was widely known for her instantly recognizable delicate images of sweet-faced, dot-eyed children.

Anglund had begun her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1944. She continued her art education at the American Academy of Art in 1945 and became an apprentice to Chicago commercial artist Adele Roth.

Her first childrens book, A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You (Harcourt, 1958), was selected as one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Childrens Books that year. She wrote more than 120 books, many of which became international successes. In total her books have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

Over her career, Anglund's artwork has been featured on Hallmark greeting cards and licensed for figurines and dolls, among other items. Collectors of her work and merchandise have formed fan clubs, and some of her notable admirers have included Queen Elizabeth II and Eleanor Roosevelt. Filmmaker and musician Tim Jackson, a longtime family friend of the Anglund's, produced the feature documentary Joan Walsh Anglund: Life in Story and Poem in 2015.

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Titles At Your Library


-- ''A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You'', -- *Best Illustrated Children's Books, New York Times, 1958