Thomas AnthonyTomiedePaola (/ˈtɒmi dəˈpaʊlə/; September 15, 1934 – March 30, 2020) was an American writer and illustrator who created more than 260 children’s books such as Strega Nona.  He received the Children’s Literature Legacy Award for his lifetime contribution to American children’s literature in 2011.

Books in order of publication:

Strega Nona series

  • Strega Nona
  • Strega Nona Her Story
  • Strega Nona Meets Her Match
  • Strega Nona Takes a Vacation
  • Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons
  • Brava, Strega Nona!
  • Strega Nona’s Harvest
  • Big Anthony His Story
  • Big Anthony and the Magic Ring
  • Merry Christmas, Strega Nona
  • Strega Nona’s Gift

Memoir series (first chapter book)

  • 26 Fairmount Avenue
  • Here We All Are
  • On My Way
  • What a Year
  • Things Will Never Be the Same (The War Years)
  • I’m Still Scared (The War Years)
  • Why? (The War Years)
  • For the Duration (The War Years)

Big Books

  • Front Porch Tales and North Country Whoppers
  • Christmas Remembered
  • Tomie dePaola’s Big Book of Favorite Legends
  • Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bible Stories
  • Tomie dePaola’s Favorite Nursery Tales
  • Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose

About growing up and his family

  • The Art Lesson
  • The Baby Sister
  • Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs
  • Stagestruck
  • Tom
  • Tony’s Bread
  • Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup

Bill and Pete books

  • Bill and Pete
  • Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile
  • Bill and Pete to the Rescue

The Barkers

  • Boss for a Day
  • Hide and Seek All Week
  • Meet the Barkers
  • Morgan and Moffat Go to School
  • A New Barker in the House
  • Trouble in the Barker’s Class

Board books for the very young

  • I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon
  • Marcos Counts
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Mice Squeak We Speak
  • Tomie’s Little Book of Love
  • Tomie’s Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Tomie’s Little Book of Poems
  • Tomie’s Little Mother Goose
  • Tomie’s Mother Goose Flies Again
  • Tomie’s Three Bears and Other Tales

Legends, folktales and stories

  • Adelita A Mexican Cinderella Story, a version of Cinderella
  • Alice Nizzy Nazzy: The Witch of Santa Fe
  • Andy That’s My Name
  • Charlie Needs a Cloak
  • The Cloud Book
  • Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard
  • Cookie’s Week
  • Days of the Blackbird
  • Erandi’s Brainds
  • Fin M’Coul
  • Four Friends at Christmas
  • Four Friends in Autumn
  • Four Friends in Summer
  • Four Stories for Four Seasons
  • Helga’s Dowry
  • Hey Diddle Diddle and Other Mother Goose Rhymes
  • Hunter and the Animals
  • I Love You, Mouse
  • Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato
  • Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka
  • Knight and the Dragon
  • Legend of the Bluebonnet
  • Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
  • Legend of the Persian Carpet
  • Little Grunt and the Big Egg
  • Mice Squeak We Speak
  • Michael Bird-Boy
  • Mr. Satie and the Great Art Contest
  • Mysterious Giant of Barletta
  • Now One Foot, Now the Other
  • Oliver Button is a Sissy
  • Pancakes for Breakfast
  • The Popcorn Book
  • The Quicksand Book
  • The Quilt Story
  • Smart about Art: Frida Kahlo
  • Shh, We’re Writing the Constitution
  • T-Rex Is Missing
  • The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote
  • The Wind and the Sun, a retelling of the fable The North Wind and the Sun

Religious or holiday stories

  • Angels Angels Everywhere
  • Christopher the Holy Giant
  • The Clown of God
  • Francis Poor Man of Assisi
  • Get Dressed Santa
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Santa’s for Dinner?
  • The Holy Twins
  • Legend of Old Befana, concerning a witch (known as Befana) who brings presents to good children on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5)
  • Legend of the Poinsettia
  • Miracles of Jesus
  • Miracle on 34th Street, illustrator, 1984
  • My First Chanukah
  • My First Christmas
  • My First Easter
  • My First Halloween
  • My First Passover
  • My First Thanksgiving
  • The Night before Christmas
  • Night of Las Posadas
  • Parables of Jesus
  • Pascual and the Kitchen Angels
  • Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland
  • The Song of Francis
  • Tomie’s Little Christmas Pageant
  • The Friendly Beasts: An Old English Christmas Carol
  • The Lady of Guadalupe
  • Jingle the Christmas Clown