Trina Hyman, 65; Award-Winning Artist for Children’s Books

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Trina Schart Hyman, 65, an award-winning children’s book illustrator, died of complications of breast cancer Nov. 19 in Lebanon, N.H.

Hyman won the Caldecott Medal, the highest award for authors and artists in her field, for Margaret Hodges’ “St. George and the Dragon: A Golden Legend Adapted From Edmund Spenser’s ‘Faerie Queen’ ” (1984).

She also won Caldecott honors for “Little Red Riding Hood” (1983); “A Child’s Calendar,” with poems by John Updike (1999); and “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” by Eric A. Kimmel (1989).

Hyman, who illustrated more than 150 books, also wrote and illustrated her own books, including “How Six Found Christmas” and “A Little Alphabet”


Hyman was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Doylestown, Pa. She studied at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art and the Boston Museum School of Art before training at the Swedish State Art School in Stockholm in 1960 and 1961.