Tibor Gergely

Tibor Gergely ( August 3, 1900 – January 13, 1978) was a Hungarian American artist best known for his illustration of popular children's picture books.

Tibor Gergely
BornAugust 3, 1900
DiedJanuary 13, 1978(1978-01-13) (aged 77)[1]
NationalityHungarian American

Born in Budapest in 1900, he studied art briefly in Vienna before immigrating to the United States in 1939, where he settled in New York City. Largely a self-taught artist, he also contributed several covers of The New Yorker, mostly during the 1940s. Among the most popular children's books Gergely illustrated are The Happy Man and His Dump Truck, Busy Day Busy People, The Little Red Caboose, The Fire Engine Book, Tootle, Five Little Firemen, Five Hundred Animals from A to Z, and Scuffy the Tugboat. Many of his better known books were published by Little Golden Books. His best work is collected in "The Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories". He became a U.S. citizen in 1948.[2] Gergely died in 1978, in New York.

As of 2001, Tootle was the all-time third best-selling hardcover children's book in English, and Scuffy the Tugboat was the eighth all-time bestseller.[3]


  1. U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 ; Social Security Death Index, Master File; Social Security Administration.
  2. New York, Index to Petitions for Naturalization filed in New York City, 1792-1989; The National Archives at New York City.
  3. Roback, Diane; Britton, Jason, eds. (December 17, 2001). "All-Time Bestselling Children's Books". Publishers Weekly. 248 (51). Retrieved June 27, 2011.

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