Burkert, Nancy Ekholm

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Nancy Ekholm Burkert


Born in Sterling, Colorado in 1933, Burkert moved to Wisconsin with her family in 1945. She married Robert Burkert, a professor of Fine Art at UWM, and has two children, Claire and Rand.

In the introduction to The Art of Nancy Ekholm Burkert (Bantam, 1977), Michael Danoff, then curator of the Milwaukee Art Museum, states, “Burkert works in a tradition of artists for whom book illustration is one of the fine arts like painting or sculpture. Each of the drawings she makes is, in its own right, a fully realized work of art. Her drawings are not a secondary accompaniment to words, but a primary and integral part of the book experience in which she is an equal partner with the writer.” (Quoted in the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards, 1995.)

Burkert has won numerous awards for her illustrations, including the Caldecott, New York Times Notable Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book, and Wisconsin Library Association Wisconsin Notable Authors. In addition, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art featured an exhibit of Burkert’s work in 2003.

Selected Work

Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs, Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert

Title: Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs

Author: The Brothers Grimm, Translated by Randall Jarrell

Illustrator: Burkert, Nancy Ekholm

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Year: 1972

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Format: Paperback, 32 pages

ISBN: 0374468680; 978-0374468682

Dimensions: 30cm x 23cm

MARC Record

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of us all?” repeatedly asks the Queen, Snow White’s stepmother. She always gets the answer she wants, until Snow White turns seven, and the mirror must truthfully answer, “Snow White.” At the news, the Queen turns yellow and green with envy and commands the huntsman to kill Snow White and bring her “lung and liver as a token.” Thus begins another enchanting fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm!

Kirkus Reviews called this collaboration between Randall and Nancy Eckholm Burkert “a sort of legend even before its time of publication.” (Description from Amazon.com.)

Other Works

James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl (1961)

The Nightingale, Hans Christian Andersen, tr. by Eva LeGallienne (1965)

The Scroobious Pip, Edward Lear and Ogden Nash,(1968)

The Fir Tree, Hans Christian Andersen (1970)

Acts of Light, Emily Dickinson (1980)

Valentine and Orson (1970)

More Information

Wikipedia page for Nancy Ekholm Burkert


7 Responses to “Burkert, Nancy Ekholm”

  1. Janet Wilkins (MacKenzie) Says:

    As a freshman at Denison University in Granville, Ohio I had the great pleasure of having Nancy Ekholm Burkert as my drawing instructor. The following year, at her recommendation, I transfered to the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Together with John Wilde at the art department in Madison, Nancy was the best art instructor I ever had. I will always rremember her and her husband Robert as they were in 1955, and am pleased to keep that young beautiful image in my memory. I am the proud owner of all her books and have shared them with my three children. It is a pleasure to imagine that she has used her own children as models from time to time. I continued my studies at the Slade School of Art, University of London and became a scientific illustrator. I believe that without her initial training, I never would have developed this direction as a career. If possible, please forward this email to her. With all my gratitude and best wishes, Janet Wilkins MacKenzie

  2. 91 « leila street Says:

    […] of the illustrations) i found a copy of james and the giant peach by roald dahl and illustrated by nancy ekholm burkert – a bantam skylark edition from 1978.  i love james and the giant peach!  i love the […]

  3. Nancy Ekholm Burkert’s ‘Mouse & Lion’ Re-Imagines Aesop « One-Minute Book Reviews Says:

    […] Weekly named Mouse & Lion one of the best picture books of 2011. Nancy Ekholm Burkert won a 1973 Caldecott Honor for Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs. Her other honors include a show of […]

  4. story time « leila street Says:

    […] of the illustrations) i found a copy of james and the giant peach by roald dahl and illustrated by nancy ekholm burkert – a bantam skylark edition from 1978.  i love james and the giant peach!  i love the […]

  5. Bette Says:

    I came across 4 large prints done by Sunshine Publications, Inc. in 1976 from The Scroobious Pip by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. Do they have any value and/or should I donate them to a local school or library?

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