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Simms Taback
Born (1932-02-13)February 13, 1932
The Bronx
Died December 25, 2011(2011-12-25) (aged 79)
Ventura, California
Occupation Illustrator, writer, graphic designer
Nationality American
Period 1964–2011 (illustrator)
Genre children's picture books
Notable works Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (1999)
Notable awards Caldecott Medal
2000

Simms Taback (February 13, 1932 – December 25, 2011) was an American writer, graphic artist, and illustrator of more than 35 books. He won the 2000 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, and was a runner-up in 1998 for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.

Taback graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and served in the United States Army. He was a designer for CBS Records and The New York Times. He was the founder and president of the Illustrators Guild (later the New York Graphic Artists Guild) and taught art at the School of Visual Arts and Syracuse University.

Taback designed the first McDonald's Happy Meal box in 1977. He died in 2011 of pancreatic cancer.

Selected works

  • Jabberwocky and other nonsense (Harlin Quist, 1964), three poems by Lewis Carroll, 1871 to 1889
  • Too Much Noise (1967), by Ann McGovern
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (Random House, 1977), movable book based on a Yiddish folk song
  • Jason's Bus Ride (1987), by Harriet Ziefert
  • Road Builders (1994), by B. G. Hennessy
  • Sam's Wild West Show (1995), by Nancy Antle
  • Two Little Witches: a Halloween counting story (1996), by Harriet Ziefert
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (1998), illustrating the American folk poem
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (Viking, 1999) —the Caldecott Medal-winning edition
  • This is the House that Jack Built (2002), based on the nursery rhyme
  • Kibitzers and Fools: tales my zayda (grandfather) told me (2005), traditional Jewish tales
  • I Miss You Every Day (2007)

Original works

  • Animal Parade
    • City Animals
    • Dinosaurs
    • Farm Animals
    • Safari Animals
  • Quack Like A Duck!
  • Who Am I?
  • Who Said Moo?
  • Where Is My Baby?
  • Where Is My Friend?

Awards

Winner

  • 1999: National Jewish Book Award for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
  • 2000: Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Finalist

  • 1998: Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.
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