Who is Tomie dePaola?

Tomie dePaola is a big name in the writing industry who is well-known to many. He was a professional writer and illustrator, the writer of many successful books. He died on the 30th of March, 2020, at the age of 85 years old due to complications of surgery.

Quick Info
Celebrated NameTomie Depaola
ProfessionWriter, Illustrator
Birth Date15th of September, 1934
Birth PlaceMeriden, Connecticut
Full NameThomas Anthony dePaola
Death Date30th of March, 2020
ParentsFather: Joseph dePaola
Mother: Florence dePaola
Marital StatusUnmarried

Tomie DePaola


Tomie was born on the 15th of September, 1934, with the name Thomas Anthony dePaola in Meriden, Connecticut. He was the son of Joseph dePaola and Florence dePaola. The details about his parent’s profession are unknown. Furthermore, he had three siblings; one brother named Joseph DePaola and two sisters called Judie DePaola and Maureen DePaola.


Talking about his educational qualifications, DePaola is a university graduate. The details about his primary education are unknown. He then attended high school in his hometown. After graduation, he attended the Pratt Institute located in Brooklyn. Tomie graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1956. He then attended the California College of Arts and Crafts. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1969 and then attended Lone Mountain College. DePaola graduated from college with a doctoral equivalency degree in Arts.


Tomie loved Cooking, Reading, Traveling, Gardening, Shopping, and Watching movies.

Personal Life (Marriage, Kids)

Tomie did not marry in his lifetime and does not have any kids.


Tomie DePaola died on the 30th of March, 2020, at the age of 85 years old because of complications of surgery. He underwent surgery because of an injury due to a fall.

Tomie DePaola

The Career of Tomie DePaola

Teaching Career

DePaola started his career as a teacher. He began teaching art at Newton College of the Sacred Heart from 1962. He stayed with the teaching department until 1966. Tomie then became a teacher for the Chamberlayne Junior College in 1972 for a year. In 1973, he started working as an associate professor and designer as well as technical director at  Colby Sawyer College. Furthermore, he also was the art teacher for New England College for two years since 1976. He retired from teaching in 1978 to focus on his writing career.

Writing Career

Tomie wrote books for more than 50 years of his lifetime. He wrote the famous Strega Nona series that has 11 books in total. The books are Strega Nona, Strega Nona Her Story, Strega Nona Meets Her Match, Strega Nona Takes a Vacation, Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons, Brava, Strega Nona!, Strega Nona’s Harvest, Big Anthony His Story, Big Anthony, and the Magic Ring, Merry Christmas, Strega Nona, and Strega Nona’s Gift. He then wrote another series titled Memoir Series, that contained a total of 8 books. The books of this series are 26 Fairmount Avenue, Here We All Are, On My Way, What a Year, Things Will Never Be the Same (The War Years), I’m Still Scared (The War Years), Why? (The War Years), and For the Duration (The War Years).

Tomie DePaola

Tomie has also written many legends, folktales, and stories like Cookie’s Week, Days of the Blackbird, Erandi’s Brains, Fin M’Coul, Four Friends at Christmas, Four Friends in Autumn, Four Friends in Summer, Four Stories for Four Seasons, and Helga’s Dowry. Furthermore, he wrote various religious or holiday stories as well. Some of the books of this category are The Song of Francis, The Holy Twins, Legend of the Poinsettia, Get Dressed Santam, and The Clown of God. He wrote various books about his family like The Art Lesson, The Baby  Sister, StageStruck, Tom, Tony’s Bread, and Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs.

Tomie DePaola Net Worth

Tomie was an excellent writer who spends more than 50 years of his life writing books for younger children. However, his net worth is yet to be estimated.