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Emily Arnold McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois on July 1, 1939. She graduated from Pembroke College, now a part of Brown University, in 1961 and received an M.A. in art history from Columbia University. After graduation, she held a variety of jobs in the art field that included being a commercial artist, a designer of paperback covers, and illustrating advertisements. When one of her illustrations was seen on an advertisement in the subway, she was asked to illustrate Greg Panetta's Sea Beach Express. She accepted that offer and went on to illustrate over 100 children's books. In 1969, she illustrated Meindert de Jong's Journey from the Peppermint Express, which was the first children's book to receive the National Book Award. Her first solo venture, Picnic, won the Christopher Award in 1985. Mirette on the High Wire won the Caldecott Medal in 1993. Her other children's books include Amazing Felix, Crossing the New Bridge, Grandmas at the Lake, My Real Family, and The Pirate Queen. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Mirette on the High Wire… (more)
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Emily Arnold McCully is the same person as Emily Arnold. Under the name Emily Arnold, she wrote two novels - A Craving and Life Drawing. Afterward publishing these two novels she began writing and illustrating books for children.

Mirette on the High Wire 2,873 copies, 100 reviews
The Grandma Mix-Up 326 copies, 1 review
An Outlaw Thanksgiving 266 copies, 5 reviews
Monk Camps Out 250 copies
Beautiful Warrior 250 copies, 13 reviews
School 235 copies, 9 reviews
The Bobbin Girl 222 copies, 18 reviews
First Snow 169 copies, 3 reviews
Starring Mirette and Bellini 140 copies, 2 reviews
The Pirate Queen 131 copies, 6 reviews
The Orphan Singer 125 copies, 8 reviews
Picnic 109 copies, 5 reviews
Mouse Practice 108 copies, 2 reviews
Caroline's Comets: A True Story 107 copies, 13 reviews
Squirrel and John Muir 106 copies, 6 reviews
Late Nate (I Like to Read) 68 copies, 2 reviews
Four Hungry Kittens 57 copies, 9 reviews
Crossing the New Bridge 49 copies, 1 review
The evil spell 45 copies, 1 review
Amazing Felix 41 copies, 2 reviews
Popcorn at the Palace 34 copies, 5 reviews
Ten Go Tango (Illustrator) 32 copies, 5 reviews
New baby 32 copies, 1 review
My Real Family 28 copies, 1 review
Speak Up, Blanche! 16 copies, 3 reviews
Zaza's big break 11 copies, 1 review
Life Drawing 6 copies
Craving, A 3 copies, 1 review
Pizza Party! (Illustrator) 1,349 copies, 10 reviews
If You Grew Up with George Washington (Illustrator, some editions) 1,282 copies, 5 reviews
Black Is Brown Is Tan (Illustrator) 584 copies, 62 reviews
Pippi on the Run (Illustrator) 447 copies
That's What Leprechauns Do (Illustrator) 331 copies, 7 reviews
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (Contributor) 330 copies, 7 reviews
The Boston Coffee Party (I Can Read Book 3) (Illustrator) 312 copies, 7 reviews
Lulu Goes to Witch School (Illustrator, some editions) 306 copies, 4 reviews
Violet Comes to Stay (Illustrator) 250 copies, 1 review
The Bed Book (Illustrator, some editions) 231 copies, 5 reviews
Journey from Peppermint Street (Illustrator) 202 copies, 1 review
The Secret Seder (Illustrator, some editions) 184 copies, 6 reviews
Leo the Magnificat (Illustrator, some editions) 164 copies, 4 reviews
Double Spell (Illustrator) 128 copies, 4 reviews
Ballerina Swan (Illustrator) 120 copies, 9 reviews
Violet Goes to the Country (Illustrator) 115 copies, 3 reviews
Sing a Song of Piglets: A Calendar in Verse (Illustrator) 109 copies, 10 reviews
The Divide (Illustrator) 106 copies, 2 reviews
Maxie (Illustrator) 83 copies
The Mouse and the Elephant, (Illustrator) 77 copies
Ballywhinney Girl (Illustrator) 67 copies, 10 reviews
Lulu and the Witch Baby (Illustrator) 65 copies, 6 reviews
Her Majesty, Grace Jones (Illustrator) 55 copies, 2 reviews
The Twenty-Elephant Restaurant (Illustrator, some editions) 52 copies, 1 review
Katie's Wish (some editions) 51 copies, 1 review
Old Home Day (Illustrator) 51 copies, 1 review
The Banshee (Illustrator) 48 copies, 9 reviews
Go and Hush the Baby (Illustrator) 46 copies
Annie Flies The Birthday Bike (Illustrator) 35 copies, 1 review
1, 2, I Love You (Illustrator) 32 copies, 5 reviews
I and Sproggy (Illustrator) 26 copies, 1 review
Hurry! (Illustrator) 24 copies, 1 review
Molly Goes Hiking (Illustrator) 18 copies
Meatball (Illustrator) 17 copies, 3 reviews
Alice and the boa constrictor (Illustrator, some editions) 16 copies
Fourth of July (Illustrator) 11 copies, 1 review
My Street's a Morning Cool Street (Illustrator) 6 copies
Finding out with your senses. (Illustrator) 5 copies
The April Fool (Illustrator, some editions) 5 copies

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Emily Arnold was born in Galesburg, Illinois, and moved with her family to Long Island when she was five. She started to draw at about age three or four, around the same time she learned to read. At Brown University, she helped write a musical comedy and acted in plays. After graduation, she worked at an advertising agency in New York City and earned a master's degree in art history from Columbia University. In 1976, she published a short story in The Massachusetts Review, whch was followed by two novels, A Craving (1982) and Life Drawing (1986). She then began illustrating and later writing children's books. She won the 1993 Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire. In 2012, she illustrated Ballerina Swan, written by legendary New York City Ballet ballerina Allegra Kent. She has performed as an actress at Capital Rep in Albany and at The Vineyard Theater in New York City.
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Emily Arnold McCully is the same person as Emily Arnold. Under the name Emily Arnold, she wrote two novels - A Craving and Life Drawing. Afterward publishing these two novels she began writing and illustrating books for children.

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