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Charles Santore

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Charles Santore's work is included in the permanent collections of The Brandywine Museum and The Museum of Modern Art. Among his influences are N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. Santore has won many awards–he was awarded the Hamilton King Award from the New York Society of Illustrators; William the Curious garnered a 1998 Storytelling World Honor from Storytelling magazine; and among the numerous medals he has received from the Society of Illustrators, his most prized is a Gold Medal from the Original Art Show 2000 for A Stowaway on Noah’s Ark. His work has been included in traveling exhibitions, and both solo and group shows, such as "Myth, Magic, and Mystery: One Hundred Years of American Children's Book Illustration.” Santore's artwork for The Wizard of Oz is currently included in an Oz exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Summer 2006.

Charles Santore makes his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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Aesop's Fables

By: Charles Santore

Here are the time-honored fables of Aesop as never seen before. Santore's animals leap off the page in explosions of color, giving messages to ponder and physical beauty to savor. School Library Journal...

The Lion Journal

By: Charles Santore

The Little Mermaid

By: Charles Santore

The Little Mermaid's universal longing for freedom, independence, and love is made real by Santore's sensitive presentation. School Library Journal said, "The opulent full-page watercolors are a perfect...


The Silk Princess

By: Charles Santore

Princess Hsi-Ling Chi has heard tales of a sleeping dragon and ancient gods residing in the Holy Mountains beyond her father’s palace. But when she emerges from the gates for the first time, she...

The Wizard of Oz

By: L. Frank Baum
illustrated by: Charles Santore

This special 100th-anniversary edition of L. Frank Baum's classic features eye-catching embossed gold foil on a centennial medallion as well as on the title. Santore's Wizard of Oz is widely acknowledged...

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By: L. Frank Baum

L. Frank Baum’s timeless classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was the first uniquely American fairy tale. A combination of enchanting fantasy and piercing social commentary, this remarkable story...


Three Hungry Pigs and the Wolf Who Came to Dinner

By: Charles Santore

The life of a truffle-hunting pig is not easy! Unearthing delicious truffles all day without eating any is too hard for Bianca. After her very first bite, she and her piglets are banished to the forest...

William the Curious: Knight of the Water Lilies

By: Charles Santore

The Queen of the Land of Far and Wide demands perfection--absolute perfection--in all that she surveys from her windows, high in her perfect castle. She orders her minions to move mountains and to change...


Wizard of Oz

By: Charles Santore