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Greg Pizzoli papers, 2013-2017


This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection
Pizzoli, Greg, 1983-
Greg Pizzoli papers, 2013-2017
Date [inclusive]:
Call Number:
5 Linear feet
This collection contains art, realia, and ephemera created by Greg Pizzoli and promotional materials created for his works.
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[Description and date of item], [Box and folder number], Greg Pizzoli Papers, 2013-2017, Free Library of Philadelphia, Children’s Literature Research Collection.
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Greg Pizzoli is an author, illustrator and screen printer from Philadelphia.

His first picture book, THE WATERMELON SEED, was published by Disney*Hyperion Books in 2013 and won the 2014 ALA Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Greg's work has been featured in Communication Arts, 3x3 Illustration Annuals and he's won two Portfolio Honor Awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. His screenprinted works have been exhibited in the United States, Canada, Spain and The Netherlands. His hand-printed artist books are in various collections throughout the country, including The Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

After college, Greg spent two years as a full-time volunteer in AmeriCORPS from 2005-2006. In 2009, he received his MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he now teaches.

He recently gave up drinking (as much) coffee.


Kids Reads, The Book Report Network,, accessed 2017 June 19

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of original and mass-produced artwork by Geisel winning author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli as well as promotional materials created from Pizzoli's work. These promotional materials include items created by Pizzoli's publishers as well as the Princeton Public Library's 2016 Princeton Children's Book Festival.

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection,  2017 June 15

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Christopher A. Brown


The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers by appointment. Please contact the Curator for information on access.

Use Restrictions

The right of access to material does not imply the right of publication. Permission for reprinting, reproduction, or extensive quotation from the rare books, manuscripts, prints, or drawings must be obtained through written application, stating the use to be made of the material. The reader bears the responsibility for any possible infringement of copyright laws in the publication of such material. A reproduction fee will be charged if the material is to be reproduced in a commercial publication.

Some of the materials in this collection may be too fragile for use without the Curator’s supervision.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Items in this collection were donated by Greg Pizzoli unless otherwise noted.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Free Library of Philadelphia: Summer Reading collection, Children’s Literature Research Collection.

Free Library of Philadelphia: Print and Picture Collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)
  • Pizzoli, Greg, 1983-
  • Art
  • Artists
  • Children's authors--21st century
  • Children's literature--21st century
  • Illustrated children's books--21st century

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Collection Inventory

Button Collection, 2016, 2016.
Box Frame

"Big Reader" button, 2016.

3 1

"Blast off with books!" button, 2016.

3 2

"Books are out of this world!" button, 2016.

3 3

"Float away with a book!" button, 2016.

3 4

"Houston we have... a book! button.

3 5

"I [heart] books!" button, 2016.

3 6

"I need more space for my books!" button, 2016.

3 7

"I read at night" button, 2016.

3 8

"I read banned books" button, 2016.

3 9

"Orbit around a good book!" button, 2016.

3 10

"Reading keeps me bright!" button, 2016.

3 11

"Reading superstar!" button, 2016.

3 12

"Space out with a book!" button, 2016.

3 13

"Speed reader!" button, 2016.

3 14

"Super reader!" button, 2016.

3 15

"Take me to your reader!" button, 2016.

3 16
Good Night Owl.

clrc000684.  Good Night Owl Pin, 2016.

Pennsylvania One Book Every Young Child, 2015.
Map-case Drawer Folder
Number One Sam sticker set, 2015.
Biographical/Historical note

Stickers created for the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child Early Literacy Program, 2015

2 9 1
clrc000452.  Number One Sam sketch (2), 2016.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Dana Giusti, 2016

2 9 2

clrc000309.  Number One Sam sketch (1).

2 9 2
Princeton Children's Book Festival. 1.42 Linear feet.
Box Folder
clrc000608.  Princeton Children's Book Festival, 2016 - Festival Guide (Pizzoli Autographed Copy), 2016.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Christopher A. Brown, 2016

2 2

clrc000611.  Princeton Children's Book Festival, 2016 - Festival Guide - (Author/Illustrator Autographs).

2 3
clrc000606.  Princeton Children's Book Festival, 2016 - Sticker Sheet, 2016.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Christopher A. Brown, 2016

2 4
clrc000607.  Princeton Children's Book Festival, 2016 - Tote Bag, 2016.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Christopher A. Brown, 2016

2 1
Watermelon Seed.
Map-case Drawer Folder

clrc000383.  Watermelon Seed sketch, 2015.

2 9 2
Miscellaneous pieces.
Map-case Drawer Folder

Read! Bookmark.

2 9 4