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David Hyde Costello papers, 2013


Held at: Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection [Contact Us]1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

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Overview and metadata sections

David Hyde Costello is the author and illustrator of Here They Come, I Can Help, Little Pig Joins the Band, and Little Pig Saves the Ship. He is the illustrator of A Crow of His Own by Megan Down Lambert. He created the cover illustration for Shelly and the Secret Universe, a book which exists only in the Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom. With a background in theater as well as visual arts, David has painted scenery for plays and motion pictures including Amistad, Spider-man (2002), The Fighter, and The Heat. He is also a ukulele player, “self-taught through the productive use of procrastination.” David lives in Amherst, MA.


David Hyde Costello, Online Portfolio,, accessed 12 June 2017

This collection contains the correspondence of David Hyde Costello to Irene Wright, then head of the Parkway Central Children's Department, Free Library of Philadelphia.

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Unless noted, the items in this collection were gifted to the Free Library of Philadelphia by Irene Wright.

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Christopher A. Brown
Finding Aid Date
12 June 2017
The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.
Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers by appointment. Please contact the Curator for information on access.

Use Restrictions

The right of access to material does not imply the right of publication. Permission for reprinting, reproduction, or extensive quotation from the rare books, manuscripts, prints, or drawings must be obtained through written application, stating the use to be made of the material. The reader bears the responsibility for any possible infringement of copyright laws in the publication of such material. A reproduction fee will be charged if the material is to be reproduced in a commercial publication.

Some of the materials in this collection may be too fragile for use without the Curator’s supervision.

Collection Inventory

Physical Description

1.0 Linear feet

Letter to Irene Wright, 2013.
Map Case 2 Drawer 10 Folder 3
David Hyde Costello - Visiting Author/illustrator Programs pamphlet, 2013.
Map Case 2 Drawer 10 Folder 3
Mailing envelope, 2013.
Map Case 2 Drawer 10 Folder 3
clrc000321. Sketch of Little Pig, 2013.
Map Case 2 Drawer 10 Folder 3

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