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Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 18, 1925. She attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, studied dance with Martha Graham, and taught modern dance in New York and Connecticut. She also danced professionally in the 1950's. During her lifetime, she illustrated or wrote more than 100 children's books. Her first publication was a book she illustrated, Herman the Loser, written by her husband Russell Hoban, and published in 1961. She illustrated several of his books including London Men and English Men, Charlie the Tramp, Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas, and books about a badger named Frances such as A Baby Sister for Frances. After the couple divorced in 1975, she began writing and illustrating I-Can- Read-Books including Joe and Betsy the Dinosaur, Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving, and a series about Arthur the Chimpanzee and his little sister Violet. She died from heart failure on July 17, 1998 at the age of 73. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Arthur's Honey Bear… (more)
Arthur's Honey Bear 919 copies, 6 reviews
Arthur's Funny Money 581 copies, 4 reviews
Arthur's Loose Tooth 570 copies, 4 reviews
Arthur's Prize Reader 566 copies, 3 reviews
Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving Dinner 558 copies, 3 reviews
Amy Loves the Snow 532 copies, 4 reviews
Arthur's Pen Pal 510 copies, 1 review
Arthur's Halloween Costume 430 copies, 1 review
Arthur's Great Big Valentine 418 copies, 4 reviews
Arthur's Christmas Cookies 405 copies, 2 reviews
Arthur's Camp-Out 383 copies, 2 reviews
Silly Tilly and the Easter Bunny 239 copies, 2 reviews
Silly Tilly's Valentine 226 copies, 2 reviews
Arthur's Back to School Day 211 copies, 3 reviews
Bread and Jam for Frances (Illustrator) 3,340 copies, 69 reviews
A Bargain for Frances (Illustrator) 3,097 copies, 26 reviews
Best Friends for Frances (Illustrator, some editions) 1,809 copies, 22 reviews
A Baby Sister for Frances (Illustrator) 1,558 copies, 15 reviews
A Birthday for Frances (Illustrator) 1,344 copies, 18 reviews
The Mouse and His Child (Illustrator, some editions) 986 copies, 28 reviews
The Day the Teacher Went Bananas (Illustrator) 512 copies, 5 reviews
Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas (Illustrator) 352 copies, 5 reviews
The Mole Family's Christmas (Illustrator) 329 copies, 5 reviews
Busybody Nora (Illustrator, some editions) 316 copies, 1 review
Rip-Roaring Russell (Illustrator, some editions) 205 copies
The Little Brute Family (Illustrator, some editions) 165 copies, 6 reviews
I Never Did That Before (Illustrator) 151 copies, 3 reviews
Egg Thoughts and Other Frances Songs (Illustrator, some editions) 128 copies, 1 review
Nora and Mrs. Mind-Your-Own-Business (Riverside Kids) (Illustrator, some editions) 127 copies, 1 review
New Neighbors for Nora (Illustrator, some editions) 126 copies
Charlie the Tramp (Illustrator) 115 copies, 11 reviews
A Gift-Bear For the King (Illustrator) 85 copies
The Sorely Trying Day 81 copies, 1 review
Nothing to Do (Illustrator) 62 copies, 1 review
Like Me and You (Illustrator) 60 copies, 2 reviews
I'm Gonna Tell Mama I Want An Iguana (Illustrator, some editions) 60 copies, 5 reviews
Little Bear Sleeping (Illustrator, some editions) 55 copies
"E" Is for Elisa (Illustrator, some editions) 54 copies
The Stone Doll of Sister Brute (A Dell Young Yearling Book) (Illustrator, some editions) 24 copies, 1 review
The Pedalling Man (Illustrator, some editions) 20 copies
A Bargain for Frances / MouseTales (Illustrator) 9 copies
Strawberry Dress Escape (Illustrator) 6 copies, 1 review
Lily Boop (Illustrator) 6 copies
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