Phoebe Gilman (Children’s Author) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Phoebe Gilman was a Canadian-American children’s book author and illustrator. Her books were notable for their strong lead female characters. Her book Something from Nothing, adapted from an old Yiddish tale, won the 1993 Ruth Schwartz Award for best children’s book, and was later adapted for television. Born in The Bronx, New York, where she lived her first years, later living in Europe, Israel, and finally settled in Canada in 1972.

Born: April 4, 1940, The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: August 29, 2002
Occupation: Writer, Illustrator

About Phoebe Gilman

American-born children’s author and illustrator who is known for creating strong female characters. Her most popular works include Something From Nothing (1992) and Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs (1987).

Before Fame

She studied at both Hunter College and the Art Students League of New York and subsequently traveled Europe while making a living as a painter. She published her first children’s book, The Balloon Tree, in 1984.


In 1993, she won the Ruth Schwartz Award for Best children’s Book for her work, Something From Nothing.

Family Life

She died of leukemia in her early sixties. She was survived by her three children, as well as by her husband, Brian Bender.


She and American poet, Malka Lee, both attended Hunter College.

Information related to Phoebe Gilman

  • OCAD University faculty
  • American expatriate writers in Canada
  • High School of Art and Design alumni
  • Canadian children’s writers
  • Hunter College alumni

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Latest information about Phoebe Gilman updated on August 28, 2020.

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