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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joan Walsh Anglund  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Illustrator Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: January 3, 1926 in Hinsdale, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Anglund was born and raised in Hinsdale. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. She also lived in Evanston for a time.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joan Walsh Anglund was an artist, poet, and childrens book creator. She was widely known for her instantly recognizable delicate images of sweet-faced, dot-eyed children.

Anglund had begun her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1944. She continued her art education at the American Academy of Art in 1945 and became an apprentice to Chicago commercial artist Adele Roth.

Her first childrens book, A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You (Harcourt, 1958), was selected as one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Childrens Books that year. She wrote more than 120 books, many of which became international successes. In total her books have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

Over her career, Anglund's artwork has been featured on Hallmark greeting cards and licensed for figurines and dolls, among other items. Collectors of her work and merchandise have formed fan clubs, and some of her notable admirers have included Queen Elizabeth II and Eleanor Roosevelt. Filmmaker and musician Tim Jackson, a longtime family friend of the Anglund's, produced the feature documentary Joan Walsh Anglund: Life in Story and Poem in 2015.


A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You ,

Best Illustrated Children's Books, New York Times, 1958

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A bedtime book /
ISBN: 0671741764. OCLC Number: 24377860

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Story-poems about apples, dragons, princesses, trees, rainbows, and friends.

A Friend is Someone Who LIkes You
ISBN: 0544999193. OCLC Number: 967094824

Harcourt. .

This book is a modern take on a beloved classic about friendship.

A little book of poems & prayers /
ISBN: 0671671154. OCLC Number: 19325032

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A collection of poems and prayers by such authors as Rachel Field, Ogden Nash, and Eleanor Farjeon. Includes anonymous pieces and quotations from the Bible.

A Pocketful of Proverbs
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Babies Are a Bit of Heaven
ISBN: 068983988X. OCLC Number: 46620486

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers,. .

Relates the many ways in which babies are a bit of heaven, here on earth.

Baby Dear
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Brave Cowboy
ISBN: 1567316182. OCLC Number: 56998544

MJF Books,. .

Imaginary adventures with wild animals and outlaws keep a little cowboy busy.

Christmas Is a Time of Giving
ISBN: 0152178635. OCLC Number: 25043827

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. .

Simple words and pictures describe the feelings of Christmas.

Christmas Is Love
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Circle of the Spirit
ISBN: 0394530802. OCLC Number: 8907545

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Cowboy And His Friend
ISBN: 0740722115. OCLC Number: 47948302

Andrews McMeel Pub.,. .

A cowboy's bear is a very special friend who is always with him, no matter where he goes or what he does.

Cowboy's Secret Life
ISBN: 0740726803. OCLC Number: 49512330

Andrews McMeel Pub.,. .

A little cowboy's creativity allows him to mix his daily life with imaginary adventures.

Do You Love Someone?
ISBN: 0152241906. OCLC Number: 196477

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. .

Describes that entity that can make an important individual out of every small person in the vast universe.

Faith Is a Flower
ISBN: B01A1N35AW. OCLC Number:

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Happy birthday /
ISBN: 0740710354. OCLC Number: 58055481

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Little angels' alphabet of love /
ISBN: 0689853580. OCLC Number: 50511254

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Little angels illustrate the meaning of love using each letter of the alphabet.

Love Is a Special Feeling
ISBN: 0152497250. OCLC Number:

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Love one another /
ISBN: 0915696452. OCLC Number: 8840498

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Morning is a Little Child
ISBN: 0001932489. OCLC Number: 11745

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The variables in nature are explored by the author-illustrator.

Peace Is a Circle of Love
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The Christmas Cookie Book
ISBN: 091569607X. OCLC Number: 3650947

Determined Productions,. .

Includes sixteen recipes for cookies, including Keeping Cookies for use as Christmas tree ornaments.

What Color Is Love
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Wings of hope :
ISBN: 0679409017. OCLC Number: 30511227

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