Awards & Winners

Stephen Gammell

Date of Birth 10-February-1943
Place of Birth Des Moines
(Polk County, United States of America, Iowa, Warren County, Area code 515)
Nationality United States of America
Profession Illustrator
Stephen Gammell is an American illustrator of children's books. He won the 1989 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman. In 1982 he was a runner-up for Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker. Stephen Gammell grew up in Iowa. His father, an art editor for a major magazine, brought home periodicals that gave Stephen early artistic inspiration. His parents also supplied him with lots of pencils, paper, and encouragement. He is self-taught. He started his career with freelance commercial work, but became interested in children's book illustration. His first picture book was published by G. P. Putnam's Sons in 1973: A Nutty Business by Ida Chittum, featuring a "war" between squirrels and a farmer. That same year he illustrated The Search, a juvenile biography of Leo Tolstoy by Sara Newton Carroll. Since then, he has illustrated over fifty titles. Gammell is particularly well known for the surreal, unsettling illustrations he provided for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a series of horror short stories by Alvin Schwartz that is still an adolescent favorite. He and his wife, Linda, a photographer, live in St. Paul, Minnesota. He works daily in his studio, located over a restaurant.

Awards by Stephen Gammell

Check all the awards nominated and won by Stephen Gammell.


Caldecott Medal
Honored for : Song and Dance Man

Nominations 1989 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Caldecott Medal Song and Dance Man


Caldecott Medal
Honored for : The Relatives Came

Nominations 1986 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Caldecott Medal The Relatives Came


Caldecott Medal
Honored for : Where the Buffaloes Begin

Nominations 1982 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Caldecott Medal Where the Buffaloes Begin
National Book Award for Children’s Books (Picture Books, Hardcover) Where the Buffaloes Begin