Tomie dePaola

The Tomie dePaola Website:

Public Radio interview with Tomie dePaola "The Story" (55 min.) mp3 file

Lesson Idea:
  • View the author website at
  • Read: The Art Lesson story by Tomie de Paola
  • View the "Picture This" video
  • Read page 26-30 from the book 26 Fairmont Avenue, by Tomie de Paola
  • View "The Art Lesson" clip. The illustrator talks about the art experience.
  • Color the 26 Fairmont Avenue page or collect the bookmark at the checkout desk with website and info about the author.

Author Study: Tomie dePaola
Week 1: Students will be introduced to Tomie dePaola by viewing the video about his life,
Meet the Mentor Video: Tomie dePaola”.
Week 2 and Week 3: Students will learn more about Tomie dePaola by listening to portions of his
autobiography 26 Fairmount Avenue
Week 4: Students will listen to the books Now One Foot, now the Other and Oliver Button is a Sissy.
Week 5: Students will listen to the books The Art Lesson and Tom.
Week 6: Students will watch the video Strega Nona. (Discovery Education Video)

Reccommended Reading (398.2 DEP)

The family Christmas tree book,
Teeny tiny,
Fin M'Coul : the giant of Knockmany Hill,
The legend of Old Befana : an Italian Christmas story,
Strega Nona : an old tale,
Adelita : a Mexican Cinderella story,
Jamie O'Rourke and the big potato : an Irish folktale,
The legend of the bluebonnet : an old tale of Texas, The legend of the Indian paintbrush,
Strega Nona : an original tale,
Tony's bread : an Italian folktale

Part 3 Interview with Tomie (2:12min.) What is important to a book illustrator?