Did you know that William Steig was born today in 1907? William Steig’s parents loved art and encouraged him to read, draw, and paint. In high school he drew illustrations for the high school’s newspaper and later he was known as the “King of Cartoons”. William Steig drew more than 2,600 illustrations and cartoons, and almost 120 covers for the magazine The New Yorker. When he was 61, he began to write children’s books. In 1969, William Steig’s book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble won the prestigious Caldecott Medal. He wrote more than 40 children’s books including the Doctor De Soto series, The Amazing Bone, and Shrek.
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During the Great Depression, William Steig had to withdraw from school. He helped earned money for his family by selling his drawings around New York City.
William Steig published collections of his illustrations that were not published in The New Yorker.
The movie Shrek 2 was dedicated to William Steig, who passed away 7 months before the movie was released.