Lois Ehlert – In Memorium

Children’s Author…Lois Ehlert…1934-2021

A wonderful friend to children, encouraging creative learning.

She came to our FBBG events, read from her books, signed them, and kindly engaged children.

Lois was also a donor and supporter of FBBG and its mission.

Parents and children of all ages loved her.  We will all miss her.

We have a few of her books in the FBBG gift shop.

Ehlert’s cut-and-paste shapes and the vibrant colors she utilized in her illustration style created an iconic look that placed her among the most popular illustrators of books for preschoolers in the late 20th century.

Born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Ehlert graduated from Milwaukee’s Layton School of Art. She started her career in graphic design and later began illustrating children’s books in her 50s. She was granted the Caldecott Honor as the author and illustrator of Color Zoo.

Her works include the 1987 book Growing Vegetable Soup, 1988’s Planting a Rainbow, 1989’s Eating the Alphabet, and 2001’s Waiting for Wings.