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John Schoenherr

Born: 5-Jul-1935
Birthplace: Manhattan, NY
Died: 8-Apr-2010
Location of death: Easton, PA
Cause of death: Respiratory failure [1]

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Artist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Owl Moon

John Schoenherr illustrated numerous science fiction works, providing the original cover for Frank Herbert's Dune, as well as hundreds of covers for both novels and SF pulp magazines. But Schoenherr is most noted by the general public for his illustrations of animals in children's literature. Among these are Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era (Sterling North, 1963), Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George, 1972), and Owl Moon (Jane Yolen, 1988), for which he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal. The full list of credits is too lengthy to include. Schoenherr also wrote and illustrated four books of his own. He resided on a farm in New Jersey for nearly forty years, until his death in 2010 from pulmonary failure.


[1] Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Wife: Judith Gray (m. 1960, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Jennifer L.
Son: Ian G.

    High School: Stuyvesant High School, New York City, NY
    University: Art Students League
    University: BFA, Pratt Institute (1956)

    Caldecott Medal 1988 for Owl Moon
    Hugo 1965 for Dune (illustrator)
    American Society of Mammologists
    Society of Animal Artists

Author of books:
The Barn (1968)
The Art of Painting Wild Animals (1974)
Bear (1991)
Rebel (1995)



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