Marc Simont Papers
Scope and Content
The collection contains illustrations and text for approximately eighty books. There is almost no correspondence and several of the titles are missing illustrations.
The collection is open and available for research.
Restrictions on Use
Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.
Marc Simont was born November 23, 1915, in Paris, France to Joseph and Dolores Simont from the Catalonian region of northeastern Spain. Joseph was an illustrator and artist/reporter for L'Illustration in Paris. Because his parents moved frequently Marc attended schools in Paris, Barcelona, and New York and became a U.S. citizen in 1926. Though he later attended art schools he considers his father his greatest teacher. He studied art in Paris at Académie Julian, Académie Ranson, and Andre Lhoté School. In the U.S. he attended the New York National Academy of Design and Jerry Farnsworth's summer school in Provincetown, Mass. He worked as assistant to mural painters Francis S. Bradford (1939 N. Y.World's Fair) and Ezra Winter (Library of Congress)
Simont's first illustration job was for a pulp magazine that folded before he could collect his $25. Eventually he became an author and illustrator of children's books, greatly influenced by Ursula Nordstrom, editor of Harper Bros. He illustrated books by Ruth Krauss, James Thurber, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, Karla Kuskin among others. His illustrations for Janice May Udry's A Tree is Nice won the Caldecott Medal in 1957, and he received Caldecott Honors for his pictures in Ruth Krauss's The Happy Day and his own The Stray Dog. Simont was also recognized by the Child Study Association, Society of Illustrators, N.Y. Academy of Sciences, N.J. Institute of Technology, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor.
In 2008 his political cartoons were awarded the Hunter College James Aronson Award for "Cartooning With A Conscience." Simont passed away at his home in West Cornwall, CT on July 13, 2013. He is survived by his wife Sara, known as "Bee, their son Marc Dalton Simont, and a sister Genevieve Simont Ireland.
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An illustrator and author of picture books for children, Marc Simont illustrated books for numerous authors in addition to his own, among the most notable being James Thurber and Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. His illustrations for Janice May Udry's A Tree is Nice won the Caldecott Award in 1957, and he received Caldecott Honors for Ruth Krauss's The Happy Day and his own The Stray Dog. Simont was also been recognized by the Child Study Association, Society of Illustrators, New York Academy of Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Today Show.
Marc Simont began to donate his Papers to the Northeast Children's Literature Collection in September of 1997 and continued to add materials until his death in 2013.
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