Trina Schart Hyman (April 8, 1939 – November 19, 2004) was an American illustrator of children's books. She illustrated over 150 books, including fairy tales and Arthurian legends. She won the 1985 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing Saint George and the Dragon, retold by Margaret Hodges.[1]



Born in Philadelphia to Margaret Doris Bruck and Albert H. Schart, she grew up in Wyncote, Pennsylvania[2] and learned to read and draw at an early age. Her favorite story as a child was Little Red Riding Hood, and she spent an entire year of her childhood wearing a red cape. She enrolled at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art (now part of the University of the Arts) in 1956, but moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1959 after marrying Harris Hyman, a mathematician and engineer. She graduated from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1960. The couple then moved to Stockholm, Sweden, for two years, where Trina studied at the Konstfackskolan (Swedish State Art School) and illustrated her first children's book, titled Toffe och den lilla bilen (Toffe and the Little Car).

In 1963, the couple's daughter, Katrin Tchana (née Hyman), was born, but in 1968, they divorced, and Trina and Katrin moved to Lyme, New Hampshire. Trina lived for some time with children's writer and editor Barbara Rogasky (with whom she collaborated on several projects). For about the last decade of her life, her romantic partner was teacher Jean K. Aull.[3] She was the first art director of Cricket Magazine, from 1973 to 1979, and contributed illustrations regularly until her death.

Many of her illustrations can be quite complex. For example, in one scene in Saint George and the Dragon, the dragon's tail stretches into the border artwork of the next page.[4]

Awards and honors


Hyman won the annual Caldecott Medal from the American Library Association, recognizing the year's best-illustrated U.S. children's picture book, for Saint George and the Dragon, published by Little, Brown in 1984. Margaret Hodges wrote the text, retelling Edmund Spenser's version of the Saint George legend.[1] She also won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for picture books, recognizing King Stork (Little, Brown, 1973), text by Howard Pyle (1853–1911).She won the Golden Kite Award for her illustration of Little Red Riding Hood in 1984.[5]

She received three Caldecott Honors, for her own retelling of Little Red Riding Hood in 1984, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel in 1990, and A Child's Calendar by John Updike in 2000.[1] And she was a Boston Globe–Horn Book picture book runner-up twice, for All in Free but Janey by Elizabeth Johnson in 1968 and On to Widecombe Fair by Patricia Gauch in 1978.

The Golem by Barbara Rogasky and illustrated by Hyman won the 1997 National Jewish Book Award in the Children's Literature category.[6]



As writer and illustrator


As illustrator





  1. ^ a b c "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938–Present". Association for Library Service to Children. American Library Association.
  2. ^ Hyman | Pennsylvania Center for the Book Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  3. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (November 24, 2004). "Trina Schart Hyman, Book Illustrator, Dies at 65". The New York Times. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  4. ^ Lacy, Lyn Ellen (1986). Art and Design in Children's Picture Books: An Analysis of Caldecott Award-Winning Illustrations. American Library Association. pp. 210–211. ISBN 0-8389-0446-7.
  5. ^ The World Almanac and Book of Facts 1985. New York: Newspaper Enterprise Association, Inc. 1984. p. 415. ISBN 0-911818-71-5.
  6. ^ "Past Winners of the National Jewish Book Award in the Children's Literature category". Jewish Book Council. Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  7. ^ The Library of Congress notes one title-page credit as Trina Schart in a copyright-1970 book (All Kinds of Signs, not in its collection, OCLC 4025343). Among 133 catalog records, earliest publication year 1964, it shows two credits as Trina S. Hyman, five as Trina Hyman, none as Trina Schart.
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