Raskin, Ellen


Ellen Raskin was born on March 13, 1928 in Milwaukee, WI. She attended UW-Madison from 1945-1949. Raskin was a commercial illustrator and designer in New York, NY beginning in 1950. She taught at: Pratt Institute (1963), Syracuse University (1976), and University of Berkeley (1969, 1972, and 1977). Raskin married Dennis Flanagan (editor of Scientific American) on August 1, 1960 and had one daughter, Susan Metcalf. Raskin was an author and illustrator for children’s books from 1966 to 1984 when she died of complications from connective-tissue disease on August 8, 1984.

Raskin was a prolific author during her lifetime and received various awards. Here are a few notable awards that she received. Raskin received the New York Herald Tribune Spring Book Festival Award for best picture book, and Best Illustrated Children’s Books, New York Times, both 1966, and Brooklyn Art Books For Children Citation, 1973, all for Nothing Ever Happens on My Block. In 1966 Raskin received the Inclusion in American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) exhibit of 50 best books of the year for Songs of Innocence. She received a Newbery Honor Book in 1975 for Figgs & Phantoms, and a Newbery Medal in 1979, for The Westing Game.

Selected Work

Title: Nothing Ever Happens on My Block

Author: Ellen Raskin

Illustrator: Ellen Raskin

Publisher: Aladdin

Year: 1966

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Format: Paperback; 32 pages; 28cm x 13cm

ISBN: 040840686; 987-0689713354

MARC Record

While Chester Filbert sits glumly on the curbstone in front of his house bemoaning the lack of excitement in his life, he fails to see the numerous amusing and dramatic events going on around him.

Other Works

Ghost in a Four-Room Apartment. Atheneum, 1969.

The Westing Game. Dutton, 1978.

Songs of Innocence. (Two volumes) By William Blake. Music and illustrations by Ellen Raskin. Doubleday, 1966.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel). Dutton, 1971.

Moose, Goose & Little Nobody. Atheneum, 1976.

More Information

Mrs. Raskin does not have her own website, but the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, CCBC, out of UW-Madison has set up a website for her. Feel free to visit it for more information.

Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Ellen Raskin CCBC Website


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