Maud Petersham

Born on August 5, 1890, in Kingston, New York, Maud Fuller grew up the daughter of a Baptist minister. The family traveled a lot and Maud enjoyed sketching her world and reading. After graduating from Vassar College, she studied a year at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. Taking a job at the International Art Service changed her life forever. There she met her future husband when he gave her professional criticism and tutored her. With Miska Petersham, Maud embarked on a prestigious career in illustrating and writing children's books.

Their first project together was a book called Miki named after their son. Its acceptance for publication surprised them both. When a friend of Miska's asked the couple to illustrate a book for him, their illustrations were so successful that many more offers came to them. Maud worked with her left hand and Miska drew with his right hand, and they often started a book with drawings before words. Their attention to detail, their use of new technology, their ability to naturally incorporate ethnicity and a social consciousness, and their high standards for illustrations made them extremely popular with children and adults. The Petershams were runners-up for the Caldecott Medal in 1942, and they won the prestigious award in 1946 for The Rooster Crows. After her husband's death, Maud sold the home they'd built and moved into a smaller place. Passing away on November 29, 1971, she outlived Miska by 11 years.

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American ABC
by Maud & Miska Petersham
from Macmillan
1942 Caldecott Honor Book
in Alphabet & Counting Books (Location: PIC-ALPH)
by Johanna Spyri, translated by Marian Edwardes and illustrated by Maud & Miska Petersham
from Junior Deluxe Editions
for 3rd-8th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
Nursery Friends from France
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Poetry for Children (Location: POET-CHIL)
$19.00 (1 in stock)
Pran of Albania
by Elizabeth Miller, illustrated by Maud & Miska Petersham
for 6th-10th grade
1930 Newbery Honor Book
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Rooster Crows
by Maud & Miska Petersham
Fir from Aladdin Paperbacks
for Kindergarten-4th grade
1946 Caldecott Medal winner
in Poetry for Children (Location: POET-CHIL)
$7.99 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Tales Told in Holland
by Olive Beaupre Miller, Illustrated by Maud & Miska Petersham
from Book House for Children
for 1st-6th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
$25.00 (2 in stock)
Told Under the Christmas Tree
by Maud and Miska Petersham, illustrators
from Macmillan
for 4th-8th grade
in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
$4.00 (1 in stock)