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Celebrating the Works and Life of Tomie DePaola

Picture of Strega Nona book cover

Tomie dePaola was a children’s book author and illustrator whose hundreds of books included the Caldecott Honor-winning “Strega Nona.” He passed away March 30, 2020.  Tomie was a long-time New Hampshire resident.

In this time, connecting with each other through the works of Tomie DePaola might bring us together and we could celebrate his life and works.  There is both wisdom and comfort in his texts and illustration for readers of all ages.

A collection of his works was made available to MSD families at no cost. (If you are a MSD family and interested in participating, please contact Dolores Fox  Below find information on Tomie dePaola.  In the table, each title has activities to participate in, read alouds of his works by familiar faces.  Feel free to participate in one or all. 

Send photos and videos of your pancakes and singing to Please include your name and book title in the message.  We will share our celebration of Tomie DePaola's work and life on this website and the MCS Facebook page.

Tomie DePaola tells how he was born to be an artist.

Book  Activities  Read Alouds
 Strega Nona  Sing-Along with Mrs. Connell

Here are the lyrics

Send in a video of your singing along!
Mary Steenburgen reads Strega Nona


 26 Fairmont Street   

Tomie talks about writing picture books vs. chapter books


Pancakes for Breakfast Click here to make Pancakes with wonderful, Moultonborough baker, Jennifer Clifford  Pancakes for Breakfast Read Aloud by Mr. Manny


 Look and Be Grateful    Look and be Grateful  Read Aloud by Mrs. Clark



Introduction to the book
 Mr. Weeks' has a Quiet idea to help you 
Look, Listen, and Smell.

Send a photo of your Quiet place with what you observed.


 The Popcorn Book  Popcorn Song Lyrics Click to listen to Rick Charette sing The Popcorn Song

Tomie dePaola “Beyond Words” Interview from the Currier Museum of Art


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