The Bookshop for Boys and Girls

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In the beginning, there was retail. In 1916, when there were no superstores, no thought of Internet shopping, and few notable children’s books for sale anywhere, the founding editor of the Horn Book, Bertha Mahony, opened a new bookshop in Boston.

The Bookshop for Boys and Girls
“Realms of Gold and Granite” by Barbara Bader (September/October 1999 Horn Book Magazine)
Miss Mahony opens her the Bookshop in 1916

Horn Book Reminiscence (September/October 1999 Horn Book Magazine)
Lee Kingman recalls her 1929 visit

Book Caravan
“Treasure Island by the Roadside” by Barbara Bader (January/February 1999 Horn Book Magazine)
Taking the shop on the road

Scrapbook items of interest
Bookshop photosBook Caravan diaryBook Caravan photosBook Caravan clippings

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Lolly Robinson About Lolly Robinson

Lolly Robinson is the designer and production manager for The Horn Book, Inc. She has degrees in studio art and children's literature and teaches children's literature at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees and blogs for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.

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  1. [...] Bertha Mahony Miller. It put us in a nostalgic mood, so here’s some more information about Horn Book history: articles about the Book Caravan, the Bookshop for Boys and Girls, and a Horn Book reminiscence [...]

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