Whether you realize it or not, you do know Marc Simont...at least you should be familiar with his artwork. Marc Simony was born in Paris in 1915. Marc was a sickly child who taught himself how to write by tracing words out of his favorite picture book. Starting out as a political cartoonist and artist, he soon found a calling among children's books in 1939. He won a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Ruth Krauss' The Happy Day and the Caldecott Medal for A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry and again in 2002 for The Stray Dog. But his most famous illustrations are in the Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat.