Hilda van Stockum (1908-2006) was an internationally celebrated author and illustrator of such children’s classics as The Mitchells, The Winged Watchman and A Day on Skates, for which she took Newbery honors. Winner of the Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Hilda van Stockum was known for her warm and vivid, but realistic depictions of family life, often in the face of difficulty or danger.
In addition to writing and illustrating her own books, Hilda translated and illustrated editions of many other authors, including editions of Afke’s Ten, Hans Brinker, Little Women and Little Men, and Willow Brook Farm. She illustrated her first book, an Irish reader, in 1930, and her last book in 2001, giving her a 71-year career as a book illustrator. Hilda was a charter member of the Children’s Book Guild and was the only person to have served as its president for two consecutive terms.
As a child, van Stockum grew up in Ireland and the Netherlands and traveled with her family to France, Switzerland, and the East Indies. She married in 1932, then moved to the US in 1934. After her husband retired, they moved to England to be close to their children and grandchildren.
Learn more at her family’s site, Boissevain Books.