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Anita Lobel archive

Identifier: SCU-RBSC-2015-6


The Anita Lobel archive documents the life and work of the award winning children’s book author and illustrator, Anita Lobel. The collection was donated in late 2015 by Anita Lobel in honor of Ginger Shuler and Leslie Tetreault. Lobel is known for her colorful illustrations and picture books including Allison’s Zinnia, Away from Home, So Happy and One Light, One Moon, winner of a New York Times Best Illustrated Book award and the first of three children’s books featuring her cat, Nini. Anita Lobel has also illustrated the children’s books of other authors, most notably the works of her first husband, Arnold Lobel, with whom she has two children. Their works together include: On Market Street, which was named a Caldecott Honor Book for illustration, How the Rooster Saved the Day, Tree Full of Pigs and Rose in My Garden

In addition to her multitude of children’s books and illustrations, Anita Lobel’s 1998 childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures, was a National Book Award Finalist. No Pretty Pictures recounts Lobel’s childhood in Nazi occupied Poland, hiding with her brother and nanny, Niania, their eventual capture and imprisonment in concentration camps until the end of the war and her recuperation in Sweden after the war. The memoir ends with teenage Anita and her family’s arrival in New York City in 1950.


  • 1965-2016

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is closed for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All rights reside with the creator. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.


27 boxes

Repository Details

Part of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene Street
Columbia SC 29208 USA
(803) 777-3847

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