H. A. Rey
As the legendary author and illustrator of the Curious George series, H. A. Rey or Hans Augusto Rey spent much of his free time as a child in the zoo drawing animals. Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany on Sept. 16, 1898. After serving in the army during World War I, he studied philology and natural science at the University of Hamburg. He then married Margret Rey, and they would immigrate to the United States in 1940. They would work together to create the Curious George picture books.
In 1941, Curious George was published in the U.S. The series has been published in many languages, including French, German, Japanese, Afrikaans, and Norwegian. Additional Curious George books followed, as well as such other favorites as Cicily G. and the Nine Monkeys and Find the Constellations. Rey passed away on Aug. 26, 1977.