Joseph Krumgold was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on April 9, 1908. His father operated movie theaters and Joseph was bitten by the Hollywood bug.
Krumgold, a prolific filmwriter, producer, and director, was hired by the US State Department to make a movie about a rural Hispanic family in America to be shown to government organizations. From this, And Now, Miguel was created. The two young boys in the movie are based upon real-life characters, the Chavez boys. The first film, in black and white, was 62 minutes in length. The movie was remade in 1966 for public distribution.
Krumgold was one of the few people to win more than one Newbery medal. His first was given for And Now, Miguel in 1954. Onion John won the medal in 1960.
Mr. Krumgold died in 1980, at the age of 72.