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Tana Hoban (1917–2006)

Author of 26 Letters and 99 Cents

Includes the names: Tana Hoban, Tana Huban, Tanya Hoban, Tana Hoban; Illustrator-Tana Hoban

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26 Letters and 99 Cents 695 copies, 31 reviews
I Read Signs 478 copies, 7 reviews
Shapes, Shapes, Shapes 394 copies, 23 reviews
Of Colors and Things 330 copies, 11 reviews
Black on White 287 copies, 12 reviews
Exactly the Opposite 268 copies, 16 reviews
White on Black 206 copies, 6 reviews
Look Look Look 197 copies, 3 reviews
Over, Under and Through 162 copies, 4 reviews
Is It Larger? Is It Smaller? 142 copies, 8 reviews
Black & White 133 copies, 13 reviews
Construction Zone 130 copies, 4 reviews
Count and See 122 copies, 8 reviews
More, Fewer, Less 113 copies, 19 reviews
A Children's Zoo 94 copies, 4 reviews
Round&Round&Round 93 copies, 5 reviews
So Many Circles, So Many Squares 91 copies, 13 reviews
Colors Everywhere 88 copies, 12 reviews
Look Book 86 copies, 8 reviews
I read symbols 80 copies, 3 reviews
What is That? 78 copies, 1 review
Who Are They? 77 copies, 2 reviews
Shadows and Reflections 74 copies, 2 reviews
Let's Count 73 copies, 11 reviews
Red, Blue, Yellow Shoe 73 copies, 4 reviews
LOOK AGAIN! 70 copies, 9 reviews
CIRCLES, TRIANGLES AND SQUARES 64 copies, 7 reviews
Where Is It? 57 copies, 2 reviews
A, B, see! 50 copies, 8 reviews
Dig, Drill, Dump, Fill 49 copies, 2 reviews
Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral? 41 copies, 8 reviews
I Walk and Read 40 copies, 3 reviews
1, 2, 3 Board Book 37 copies, 1 review
All About Where 36 copies, 4 reviews
Look Up, Look Down 35 copies, 3 reviews
Shapes and Things 26 copies, 2 reviews
Just Look 21 copies, 1 review
More Than One 20 copies, 1 review
Panda Panda 16 copies
Look Closer! 6 copies
Let's compare 4 copies
The Big Book For Our Planet (Contributor) 111 copies
The wonder of hands (Illustrator) 21 copies

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Tana Hoban was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a Russian immigrant family. Her brother Russell Hoban grew up to become a writer. Tana attended high school in Lansdale, and took art classes at the Philadelphia School of Industrial Art on weekends. In 1938, she graduated from the School of Design for Women, now Moore College of Art and Design. She won a scholarship to travel and study painting in England and The Netherlands. She began taking photos for the window of her mother's shop. She worked briefly as a freelance graphic artist and illustrator before embarking on a career in photography. In 1946, Tana and her first husband Edward Gallob opened a studio in West Philadelphia. She took photos as illustrations for magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, and then became an advertising photographer.
She also published her photos in books; among the earliest was a do-it-yourself book called How to Photograph Your Child (1953). She contributed to the Greystone Encyclopedia of Photography in 1963. Her photographs of children, which became her specialty, eventually were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and at various shows mounted in Philadelphia, New York, Paris and Berlin. She progressed from photographs of children to photographs for children.
Beginning in 1970, she wrote, designed, illustrated and published more than 110 children's books, which won many awards, such as the Children’s Literature Citation from Drexel University and the Free Library of Philadelphia in 1983, and a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Media Photographers in 1998. Her pioneering works for children ranged from alphabet books like A, B, See! (1982), to primers like 26 Letters and 99 Cents (1986), to books that taught children about the world around them such as Circles, Colors and Squares (1974), Is It Larger? Is It Smaller? (1985), More Than One (1981), and I Read Symbols (1984).
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