The featured author for the month of May is Leo Lionni.  Leonard (Leo) Lionni was born in Hollad on May 5, 1910.  Art was very important in the Lionni family, and Leo began drawing when he was nine.  He also developed interests in nature, history, and basketball.

Leo Lionni married his wife Nora in 1932.  Leo struggled to find a career he enjoyed.  He tried working for a petroleum company, and then worked as a traveling salesman.  His family moved to Italy, where he earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Genoa in 1935.

Leo Lionni’s first job in the art field was working as the assistant art director for an advertising agency.  By 1959, Leo decided to quit working for magazines and write a children’s book.  His first book, Little Blue and Little Yellow, was a big success.  He went on to produce more than 30 children’s books, including Inch by Inch, Swimmy, and Frederick, all of which were Caldecott Honor Books.  Leo Lionni died on October 11, 1999.

For more information about Leo Lionni, or to check out one of his books, please see the “Happy Birthday” display in the LMC.  This will be the last featured author for this school year.