In Memory: Leo Dillon

Compiled by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Leo Dillon 1933-2012 by Irene Gallo from Peek: “Illustration has lost another giant. Leo Dillon, husband and life-long
collaborator of Diane Dillon, passed away on May 26th. Together they
created a remarkable array children’s books and book covers.” Note: post includes samples of Leo’s art.

Meet-the-Author Program: Leo Dillon from Peek: “In this five-minute mini-documentary, filmed in the New York home and studio of Leo and Diane Dillon, they talk about how they met at art school and collaborate on all their illustrations, share their thoughts on the message and imagery of Earth Mother, and detail the way in which they illustrate books to capture and reflect diverse cultures.” See also a comprehensive bibliography of Dillon’s work from

See also a tribute post from Muddy Colors: An Illustration Collective.