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Title: Robert McCloskey

Robert McCloskey
  • By Patrick J. Sparrow and Eric S. Tallman

  • Robert McCloskey was born on September 14, 1914
    in Hamilton, Ohio.
  • As a child, his parents encouraged him to develop
    his skills as an artist and musician.
  • He learned to play the piano, drums, oboe, and
  • He then became interested in inventing different
    types of gadgets, like a machine for whipping
    cream that nearly destroyed the kitchen walls.
  • While working his summer job at the YMCA, he
    carved a camp totem pole that caught the eye of
    an architect who recommended him for a city

  • It was not until high school that he became
    interested in drawing.
  • He came to Boston after winning a scholarship to
    the Vesper George Art School in Boston in 1932.
  • He moved to New York City in 1936 to study at the
    National Academy of Design.
  • His first book Lentil was published in 1939. It
    was set in a fictional town in Ohio, and it told
    the story of a young boy who learned to play
    harmonica because he could not sing.

  • He married Margaret Durand in 1940. They had two
  • McCloskey served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to
    1945. He was based in McClellan, Alabama.
  • His final book was published in 1963. Burt Dow
    Deep Water Man tells the story of a retired
    fisherman living in New England who finds
    interesting uses for his old boats.
  • McCloskey died in June 30, 2003 in Maine.
  • He was the first author to win two Caldecott

Awards and Honors
  • 1936 Presidents Award National Academy of
  • 1939 Prix de Rome, an annual award for
    promising young scholars and artists presented
    each year by the American Academy in Rome. 
    Program began in 1663 under the reign of King
    Louis XIV of France.
  • 1942 Caldecott Medal for Make Way for Ducklings
  • 1947 Pacific Northwest Library Associations
    Young Readers Choice Award
  • 1949 Caldecott Medal honor book award for
    Blueberries for Sal
  • 1949 Ohioana Book Award, Blueberries for Sal
  • 1953 Caldecott Medal honor book award for One
    Morning in Maine
  • 1958 Ohioana Book Award, Time of Wonder

Awards and Honors
  • 1958 Caldecott Medal for Time of Wonder
  • 1964 Doctor of Literature, Miami University,
    Oxford, OH
  • 1967 Doctor of Letters, Mount Holyoke College
  • 1974 Catholic Library Association's Regina
    Medal for "continued distinguished contribution
    to children's literature"
  • 1990 Doctor of Literature, University of Maine
  • 2000 Living Legend Award, presented by the
    Library of Congress.

Author / Illustrator
  • Lentil, Viking, 1940.
  • Make Way for Ducklings, 1941.
  • Homer Price, 1943.
  • Blueberries for Sal, 1948.
  • Centerburg Tales, 1951.
  • One Morning in Maine, 1952.
  • Time of Wonder, 1957.
  • Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man A Tale of the Sea in
    the Classic Tradition, 1963.

  • Yankee Doodle's Cousins, 1941.
  • Tree Toad, 1942.
  • The Man Who Lost His Head,, 1942.
  • Trigger John's Son, 1949.
  • Journey Cake, Ho!, 1953.
  • Junket, 1955.
  • Henry Reed, Inc., 1958.
  • Henry Reed's Journey, 1963.
  • Henry Reed's Baby-Sitting Service, 1966.
  • Henry Reed's Big Show, 1970.

Make Way for Ducklings
  • While in Boston, McCloskey would feed the ducks
    on his way to art school.
  • After returning to Boston years later, he saw a
    family of ducks crossing a street.
  • To study the detailed movements of ducks, he
    bought 6 mallards. He put them in a bathtub to
    study their movements, but they moved too fast.
    So, he gave them red wine to slow them down.
  • These illustrations were done in charcoal.
  • It won the Caldecott Award in 1942.

Make Way for Ducklings
  • A statue of the ducklings sits in Boston Public

Another Important Robert McCloskey
  • There is a Dr. Robert McCloskey in the Computer
    Science department at the University of Scranton.
  • Some of you may have had him for Computer

Lesson Plans
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Draw A Duck
Draw A Duck
Finishing Touches