In 1946, Brown published her first book The Little Carousel, which chronicles the adventures of a lonely little boy who hears the sound of a merry-go-round near his home and features Brown’s vivid description of a bustling neighborhood in Greenwich Village, where she lived upon first arriving in New York City. The Little Carousel, which she wrote and illustrated, was followed by over thirty more books during her career.
Brown’s first award was Caldecott Honors for Stone Soup (1948), an old folktale Brown retold and illustrated. She won the Caldecott Medal three times, and received Caldecott Honors a total of six times. She also received the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, for Once a Mouse… (1961), and her book How, Hippo! (1969), the story of a baby hippo and a crocodile, was an American Library Association Notable Book. Brown illustrated more than thirty books, most of which she either wrote or adapted. She loves folklore and illustrated a number of classic tales from around the world, including Puss in Boots (1952), Anasi, the Spider Man (1954), and The Flying Carpet (1956). Throughout her career, Brown used a wide variety of media, although her most distinctive illustrations are her colored woodblocks. In 1986, Brown published Lotus Seeds: Children, Pictures, and Books, a compilation of her essays and speeches, and her only book for adults.
Obituary, New York Times~