Peter Spier

Biography

Peter Spier

Peter Spier was one of the United States’ most popular and renowned illustrators. His books, acclaimed by critics and readers alike, won numerous awards and honors: Noah's Ark won the Caldecott Medal and The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night is a Caldecott Honor Book. His book People was awarded the Christopher medal, was nominated for an American Book Award, and received the National Mass Media Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for "outstanding contributions to better human relations and the cause of brotherhood."
 
Spier was born and educated in Amsterdam. Before coming to the United States he served in the Royal Dutch Navy. He illustrated more than 100 books, and his work can be found in museums and private collections across the country. In addition to illustrating and writing, Spier was an avid and celebrated builder of model ships. Peter Spier died in 2017 at the age of 89.

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We the People

By Peter Spier

In this visual celebration of the U.S. Constitution and America's founding fathers, Caldecott Medalist Peter Spier tells the stirring American tale of how this most important document came ...

Recommended for AGE 5-9 years


Release Date May 27, 2014

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Peter Spier's Circus

By Peter Spier

The circus is in town! Come join in the fun as Caldecott Medalist Peter Spier creates a circus like no other, in this exuberant celebration of the wonders of the ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date May 1, 1995

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The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night

By Peter Spier

With art newly restored and colorized by Peter Spier, a beloved Caldecott Honor Book regains its original glory with this hardcover reissue of Spier’s spirited take on a classic ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date July 1, 1994

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The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night

By Peter Spier

With art newly restored and colorized by Peter Spier, a beloved Caldecott Honor Book regains its original glory with this hardcover reissue of Spier’s spirited take on a classic ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date July 1, 1994

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The Star Spangled Banner

By Peter Spier

Due to careful research, Spier's artwork depicts "the dawn's early light" and "the rocket's red glare" with remarkable authenticity and detail in this celebratory book. Among the ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date Feb. 1, 1992

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