Carol Reid of Albany, New York writes to tell me about Io Sono, her new site honoring the life and work of author and illustrator Louis Slobodkin, whose 104th birthday would have been tomorrow, February 19.
I'm most familiar with Slobodkin as the author and illustrator of the Space Ship under the Apple Tree series of kids' books (remember those, Jay H?), but he's also well known as (among other things) an illustrator; for example, he illustrated Eleanor Estes's The Moffats as well as several of her other books, and he won a Caldecott Medal with James Thurber for Many Moons.
The site features a bunch of Slobodkin-related material. For example, it includes a copy of his Caldecott Medal acceptance speech, as published in the July-August 1944 issue of Horn Book magazine, which includes an account of meeting the Esteses, who were the first librarians he'd met, and who started him on his path to children's-book illustration. From that same issue, there's a reprint of Eleanor Estes's tribute to Slobodkin.
And there's lots more on the site that I haven't mentioned, including a page listing most or all of the books he wrote or illustrated. Go check it out!