Anita Lobel was born in Krakow, Poland on June 2nd just before WWII. She and a brother were hidden from the Nazis for five years by a nanny. They were eventually captured and sent to prison camps, but survived the Holocaust, and were reunited with their parents in Stockholm. There Anita went to high school and began art lessons.
After the family emigrated to New York, Anita won a scholarship to the Pratt Institute. She has been illustrating children's books since 1965 and got a Caldecott Honor for On Market Street in 1982. Anita has also worked as an actress and a singer. "It is the 'drama' in a picturebook that interests me most," she has said. "I stage the story the way a director might work on a theatre piece."
Some recent titles include One Lighthouse, One Moon by Charlotte Huck, The Stable Rat by Julia Cunningham, and No Pretty Pictures, a memoir of Anita's childhood experiences during WWII. It was nominated for a National Book Award.