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Distinction in Picture Books

by Marcia Brown Editor’s Note: Although addressed to librarians, Miss Brown’s paper speaks equally to parents. What is a distinguished picture book? With the changes that have come about in publishing in the last few years, the fate of the picture book lies squarely in the hands of librarians. Today it takes real courage for […]

“Our Miss Jones”

Elizabeth Orton Jones at work in her studio

by Annis Duff One afternoon, a year ago last February, Elizabeth Jones came to tea. It was quite an occasion, for although we had known her incarnate, so to speak, for a comparatively short time, we were very much at home with her because of our long and intimate friendship with Ragman of Paris, Maminka’s […]

Elizabeth Orton Jones’s Caldecott acceptance speech

Prayer for a Child

by Elizabeth Orton Jones *Read at the Awards Luncheon when the Caldecott Medal was given to Elizabeth Orton Jones for her illustrations in Rachel Field’s Prayer for a Child (Macmillan). There was once a little girl who found it very puzzling to say “thank you.” The words were too small for the feeling, the feeling […]

Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1940-1949

Abraham Lincoln

1940 INGRI AND EDGAR PARIN D’AULAIRE, Author-Illustrators Abraham Lincoln (Doubleday) “Deep in the wilderness down in Kentucky there stood a cabin of roughly hewn logs. It was a poor little cabin of only one room. But the flames flickered gaily on the hearth….In this cabin lived a man named Thomas Lincoln with his wife and […]

Christmas at Huckleberry Mountain Library

by Lois Lenski Huckleberry mountain library — the only rural library in Henderson County, North Carolina — is open for two hours every other Sunday afternoon to the mountain children, and was to be open on December 23. Packages of books from three of my publishers arrived on the 22nd, just in time for library […]

Americans With the Wrong Ancestors

Robert Naeda

By Clara Breed When her Japanese-American patrons were sent to internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor, San Diego children’s librarian Clara Breed wrote the following article for The Horn Book. A little more than a year ago, libraries in California, Oregon, and Washington were swept clean of some of their most enthusiastic borrowers […]

Out of New England

tudor_pumpkin moonshine

by Tasha Tudor The memories of New England spring and summer, of fall and of winter, were the beginning of my pictures and stories. The first warm days of spring when we children found delicate Dutchman’s Breeches in our enchanted glen, of sailing leaf-boats, laden with golden Marsh Marigolds, down the brook, of days spent […]