January 30, 2023

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Children’s author Tomie dePaola and activist icon John Lewis on 2023 USPS postage stamps

Yesterday, the US Postal Service announced seven new themes to be featured on postage stamps in 2023. The list includes prolific children’s author Tomie dePaola (1934-2020) and civil rights activist and author John Lewis (1940-2020).

After taking part in major civil rights protests and even becoming one of the Freedom Riders in the early ’60s, John Lewis spent more than three decades in Congress continuing the fight for equality. This struggle carried over into the books he wrote, including some of the most recent, March, Run, and Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation. The stamp, which honors his lifelong commitment to “making good trouble,” will feature Lewis’ Time Magazine photo from August 2013, taken by Marco Grob.

In the world of children’s literature, Tomie dePaola is an icon. The award-winning author and illustrator has written more than 250 children’s books, the most famous being Strega Nona, Merry Christmas, Strega Nona and The Art Lesson. His stamp will feature the cover of his book Strega Nona, about a “granny witch” living in southern Italy.

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