Clare Turlay Newberry
April's Kittens (charcoal)
Clare Turlay Newberry, illustrator, author
Harper & Brothers, 1940
Clare Turlay Newberry was born in Enterprise, Ohio. She studied at the University of Oregon, School of the Portland Art Museum, California School of Fine Arts, and La Grand Chaumiere, Paris. At age two, she began illustrating cats. At age sixteen, she sold her first drawings. An author and illustrator of seventeen published children's books, she achieved fame for her drawings of cats, the subject of all but three of her books. Four of her works were named Caldecott Honor Books: Barkis (1938), April's Kittens (1940), Marshmallow (1942), Smudge (1948). Her main works were done between the 1930-1960s. In Something About the Author, Vol. 1 (1971), Clare says, "With the years, my style of illustration has changed. My first effort, Herbert the Lion, was done in a careful manner. As I continued, I drew and painted more freely."