Peggy Rathmann

Peggy  Rathmann

Peggy Rathmann, a Caldecott Medalist, was born in St. Louis. I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in the suburbs with two brothers and two sisters. We used to spend our summers lounging in plastic wading pools, guzzling Kool-Aid. We constructed gigantic snow animals throughout the winter. It had been a wonderful existence. Rathmann graduated from Mounds View High School in New Brighton, Minnesota, and went on to various institutions, changing her major on several occasions.

She graduated with a B.A. in the end. I planned to teach sign language to gorillas, but after taking a sign language class, I discovered I'd rather make pictures of gorillas. Rathmann studied commercial art at the American Academy in Chicago, fine art at the Atelier Lack in Minneapolis, and children's book writing and illustration at the Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. Finally, the teacher persuaded me that even a novice writer may create a unique character if the character is Read More chevron_right