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Molly Schaar Idle papers, 2014


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

Molly Idle has been drawing ever since she could wield a pencil. But while she started scribbling before she could walk, her professional career as an artist began slightly later…

It was upon her graduation from Arizona State University, with a BFA in Drawing, that Molly accepted an offer to work for DreamWorks Feature Animation Studios. After five years, a number of film credits, and an incredibly good time, she left the studio and leapt with gusto into the world of children's book illustration!

Molly now lives in Arizona with her brilliant husband, two wonderfully mischievous sons, and two snugly cats. When not making mischief with her boys or watching old Technicolor musicals, she can be found at her desk scribbling away, with a pencil in one hand and a cup of espresso in the other- creating a plethora of profoundly whimsical picture books!


Molly Schaar Idle, Online Portforlio,, accessed 2017 June 12

This collection comprises the thank you gift illustrator Molly Idle sent to the 2014 Randolph Caldecott Award committee members for selecting Flora and the Flamingo as a Caldecott Honor title.

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order by title.

This collection was gifted to the Free Library of Philadelphia by Rachel Fryd, a member of the 2014 Randolf Caldecott Award committee.

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

Soft Molasses Cookies: My Mom's, mom's, mom's, mom's recipe:), 2014.
Box 1 Folder 1
General Physical Description note

Recipe card includes original string that attached the card to the cookie cutter.

Flamingo Cookie Cutter, 2014.
Box 1 Folder 2
General Physical Description note

Cookie cutter is housed in a four-flap box that is attached to Folder 1.

Thank you card.
Box 1 Folder 3
General note

Transcription of card: "Thank You for helping Flora leap off the shelf and into the hands and hearts of so many readers. Molly Idle"

Flora and the Flamingo flip book, 2014.
Box 1 Folder 4
Box 1 Folder 5

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