Sadly, Simms passed away a little while ago and his loss leaves a void in the children’s book world. However his fabulous work remains.
Simms Taback (February 13, 1932 – December 25, 2011) was an American author, graphic artist, and illustrator and winner of the Caldecott Medal. Taback has illustrated over 35 books, including the Caldecott Medal winning Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and the Caldecott Honor book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.
Taback graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and served in the United States Army. He was a designer for CBS Records and The New York Times. He was the founder and president of the Illustrators Guild (later the New York Graphic Artists Guild) and taught art at the School of Visual Arts and Syracuse University.
Taback designed the first McDonalds Happy Meal box in 1977. He died in 2011 of pancreatic cancer.