William Steig

William Steig Copyright Anne Hall

Newbery Honor Book

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based. Steig was born in New York City. Every member of his family was involved in the arts, and so it was no surprise when he decided to become an artist. He attended City College and the National Academy of Design. In 1930, Steig’s work began appearing in The New Yorker, where his drawings have been a popular fixture ever since. He published his first children's book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968.
In 1970, Steig received the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. His books for children also include Dominic; The Real Thief; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award finalist; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books. Steig's books have also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, and the American Book Award. His European awards include the Premio di Letteratura per l'infanzia (Italy), the Silver Pencil Award (the Netherlands), and the Prix de la Fondation de France. On the basis of his entire body of work, Steig was selected as the 1982 U.S. candidate for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration and subsequently as the 1988 U.S. candidate for Writing.



  • The One and Only Shrek! by William Steig--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from William Steig's children's book The One and Only Shrek! To mark the 100th birthday of William Steig and in anticipation of the blockbuster movie Shrek the Third, Audio Renaissance presents the must-have collection of Steig classics featuring everyone's favorite ogre, read by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci.



Yellow & Pink

William Steig; Illustrated by the author

Steig’s witty dialectic on the nature of existence


C D C ?

William Steig; Illustrated by the author

Puzzles and wordplay make reading fun in this Steig classic.


Amos y Boris

written and illustrated by William Steig

Amos el ratón y Boris la ballena: un par de amigos leales con nada en común excepto un buen corazón y la voluntad de ayudar a su colega mamífero. Se conocen luego de...


Doctor De Soto, Spanish Edtiton

William Steig; Pictures by the author; Translated by Maria Puncel

"Doctor De Soto, the dentist, did very good work." With the aid of his able assistant, Mrs. De Soto, he copes with the toothaches of animals large and small. His expertise is so great that his...