Leo and Diane Dillon

Award-winning American illustrators, Leo and Diane Dillon were an amazing couple. Sadly, Leo past away last year, ending an artistic collaboration spanning over fifty years.

In 1976 and 1977 the Dillons won the Caldecott Medal, a premier honor in U.S. book illustration. They were runner-up for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s illustrators in 1978 and nominated again in 1996.

I found a children’s book, The Ring in the Prairie, A Shawnee Legend, and immediately recognized the Dillon’s distinctively beautiful illustration style.

Cover of, The Ring in the Prairie, A Shawnee Legend, 1970

Cover, The Ring in the Prairie: A Shawnee Legend, 1970

The Ring in the Prairie, A Shawnee Legend, 1970

The Ring in the Prairie: A Shawnee Legend, 1970

The Ring in the Prairie: A Shawnee Legend, 1970

The Ring in the Prairie: A Shawnee Legend, 1970

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