youngest of three children, Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia on
May 18, 1925. She attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art,
studied dance for ten years (and danced with the Martha Graham dancers),
taught Modern Dance and danced professionally in the 1950s.
She learned to draw still life and began to write her own stories only after having children (Phoebe, Brom, Esme and Julia), and based her tales on their experiences.
Lillian Hoban's I-Can- Read-Books about Arthur the Chimpanzee, and the Frances books (written by her former husband Russell Hoban) continue to be extremely popular among children as time goes by- the hallmark of classics.