A most under-rated artist, Evaline Ness was born on April 24, 1911 in Union City, Ohio. She was a highly paid commercial artist before deciding to become an illustrator and author in 1960, with the publishing of The Bridge, by Charlton Osborn. She illustrated more than thirty books for young readers and also wrote many of her own. In addition to winning three Caldecott Honors, she received the Caldecott Medal in 1967 for Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine. She died of a heart attack in Kingston, New York on August 12, 1986. Her work is housed at the de Grummund Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi. The first children's book she illustrated was the Story of Ophelia by Mary J. Gibbons in 1954.

Children’s Books written and illustrated by Evaline Ness

Exactly Alike by Evaline Ness and illustrated by Evaline Ness 1964

Pavo and the Princess by Evaline Ness and illustrated by Evaline Ness 1964

A Double Discovery by Evaline Ness and illustrated by Evaline Ness 1965

Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine, 1967 ~ Caldecott Winner

Long, Broad, and Quickeye,1969

The Girl and the Goatherd; or This and That and Thus and So, 1970

Do You Have the Time, Lydia? 1971

Yeck Eck, 1974

American Colonial Paper House: To Cut out and Color, 1975

Amelia Mixed the Mustard, and Other Poems by Evaline Ness 1975

Paper Palace: To Cut out and Color by Evaline Ness 1976

Four Rooms from the Metropolitan Museum: To Cut out and Color by Evaline Ness 1978

A Victorian Paper House: To Cut out and Color designed by Evaline Ness 1978

Marcella's Guardian Angel by Evaline Ness and illustrated by Evaline Ness 1979

A Shaker Paper House: To Cut out and Color by Evaline Ness 1979

Fierce the Lion by Evaline Ness and illustrated by Evaline Ness 1980

 

Children’s Books written by others and illustrated by Evaline Ness

 

Story of Ophelia by Mary J. Gibbons, 1954
The Bridge by Charlton Ogburn, 1957
The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Pope, 1958
Lonely Maria by Elizabeth Coatsworth, 1960
Ondine, the Story of a Bird Who Was Different by Maurice Osborne, Jr., 1960
Listen--The Birds; Poems by Mary B. Miller, 1961
Across from Indian Shore by Barbara Robinson, 1962
Macaroon by Julia Cunningham, 1962
Thistle and Thyme: Tales and Legends from Scotland by Sorche Nic Leodhas, 1962
Where Did Josie Go? by Helen E. Buckley, 1962
Josefina February by Evaline Ness, 1963
A Gift for Sula Sula by Evaline Ness, 1963
All in the Morning Early by Sorche Nic Leodhas, 1963 ~ Caldecott Honor Book
Funny Town by Eve Merriam, 1963
The Princess and the Lion by Elizabeth Coatsworth, 1963
Some Cheese for Charles by Helen E. Buckley, 1964
Candle Tales by Julia Cunningham, 1964
Josie and the Snow by Helen E. Buckley, 1964
A Pocketful of Cricket by Rebecca Caudill,  1964 ~ Caldecott Honor Book
Coll and His White Pig by Lloyd Alexander, 1965
Tom Tit Tot: An English Folk Tale by Virginia Haviland, 1965 ~ Caldecott Honor Book
Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Italy by Virginia Haviland, 1965
Pierino and the Bell by Sylvia Cassedy, 1966
Josie's Buttercup by Helen E. Buckley, 1967
Mr. Miacca: An English Folk Tale by Joseph Jacobs, 1967
The Truthful Harp by Lloyd Alexander, 1967
Kellyburn Braes by Sorche Nic Leodhas, 1968
Joey and the Birthday Present by Maxine Kumin and Anne Sexton, 1969 or 1971????
A Scottish Songbook by Sorche Nic Leodhas, 1969
Some of the Days of Everett Anderson by Lucille Clifton, 1970
Everett Anderson's Christmas Coming by Lucille Clifton, 1971
Too Many Crackers by Helen E. Buckley, 1971
Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog by Sarah Catherine Martin, 1972
Don't You Remember? by Lucille Clifton, 1973
The Woman of the Wood: A Tale from Old Russia by Algernon David Black, 1973
The Steamroller, A Fantasy by Margaret Wise Brown, 1974

Amelia Mixed the Mustard and Other Poems, 1975

A Wizard's Tears by Maxine Kumin and Anne Sexton, 1975
The Lives of My Cat Alfred by Nathan Zimelman, 1976
The Warmint by Walter de la Mare, 1976
The Devil's Bridge by Charles Scribner, Jr., 1978
What Color Is Caesar? by Maxine Kumin, 1978
The Hand-Me-Down Doll by Steven Kroll, 1983

 

Cover Art by Evaline Ness


Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander and cover designed by Evaline Ness
The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander and cover designed by Evaline Ness
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander and cover designed by Evaline Ness
The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander and cover designed by Evaline Ness
The High King by Lloyd Alexander and cover designed by Evaline Ness
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell and cover designed by Evaline Ness 1960

 

Text Box: Evaline Ness Bibliography

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Interesting Tidbits

 

Evaline Ness was married to Eliot Ness, an American Treasury agent, famous for his efforts to enforce Prohibition in Chicago, Illinois as the leader of a legendary team nicknamed The Untouchables. They were married from 1938 until their divorce in 1946.

 

Before her marriage she was a fashion model... then a fashion illustrator.

 

Ness illustrated books received three Caldecott Honors in a row.

Photo of Evaline Ness

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