Lloyd Alexander Letter to Ruth Hill Viguers (June 1, 1965)

Lloyd Alexander letter, 1965

  1 June, 1965 Dear Ruth: I hope it’s permissible for an author to spend an inordinate number of hours in gleeful pride (or prideful glee?) over a  review in THE HORN BOOK. In any case, that’s what I’ve been doing. Well, needless to say I’m delighted you liked THE BLACK CAULDRON. Seriously delighted, for […]

Horn Book Reminiscence from Lee Kingman

Kingman book plate

My earliest memory of Bertha Mahony, before she added Miller to her name, begins with her feet. Small feet, proportioned to her small frame. As I was a lanky nine-year-old, I was almost as tall as she was. Her lack of size, however, had nothing to do with her authority, which was commanding, or her […]

The Bookshop for Boys and Girls

bookshop for boys and girls

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 […]

Laura Ingalls Wilder Letter to Jennie D. Lindquist (October 19, 1953)

Laura Ingalls Wilder letter 1953

Mansfield Mo. October 19th 1953 Dear Miss Lindquist, Mrs. Nordstrom has told me of your plan for the Christmas Horn Book. I am thrilled and in a hurry for Christmas time to come that I may see it. You may use my letter to Clarence E. Kilburn, copy of which you enclosed, if you wish. […]