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Arnold Lobel Papers

Identifier: 2010-0109

Scope and Content Note

The papers consist of original artwork and manuscripts for books published by Arnold Lobel during his career. Materials include artwork and text for Giant John, Grasshopper on the Road, The Ice-Cream Cone Coot, The Random House Book of Poetry for Children.


  • 1964-1986


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

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.


Arnold Lobel was born in Los Angeles, California on May 22, 1933 to Lucille Stark and Joseph Lobel. He grew up in Schenectady, New York and attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn following high school. A gifted artist, Lobel graduated from the Pratt Institute in 1955 with a degree in fine arts, and later that year married a fellow art student, Anita Kempler.

Lobel illustrated his first book, Red Tag Comes Back, in 1961. The book would prove to be the start to a twenty-six year career writing and illustrating children's books, during which time he created more than 100 books including his popular stories that followed the adventures of Frog and Toad. Lobel was honored numerous times for his books, most notably for Frog and Toad Together, which was named a Newberry Honor book in 1973, and for Fables, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1981. Lobel also produced numerous books with his wife Anita, also a children's book author and illustrator.

Lobel's work has been widely distributed, and has been translated into dozens of languages. Known for his ability to write for children just beginning to read, Lobel became popular with both children and their parents. Arnold Lobel passed away on December 4, 1987 at the age of 54. In 2009 his daughter began releasing previously unpublished works by her father, including The Frogs and Toads All Sang and Odd Owls and Stout Pigs.


4.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Original text and artwork produced by children's book author and illustrator Arnold Lobel. Lobel created over 100 children's books during his career, including the Frog and Toad series.

Provenance and Acquisition

The collection was donated to Archives and Special Collections by Adrianne and Adam Lobel in 2010.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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