A Tale of Washington’s Irvin

By Peggy Sullivan A three-story red brick house in midtown Washington serves as way-station to a collection of first editions of children’s books, manuscripts, illustrations, and many other related items. All these materials are forwarded in time to the University of Minnesota. Here they become a part of the Kerlan Collection, housed in its own […]

On Spies and Applesauce and Such

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

The arrival of Harriet the Spy with fanfare and announcements of approval for its “realism” makes me wonder again why that word is invariably applied to stories about disagreeable people and situations. Are there really no amiable children? No loyal friends? No parents who are fundamentally loving and understanding? I challenge the implication that New […]

Ed Emberley

ed emberley

by Barbara Emberley Ed’s first instruction concerning this biography was to make it just that — a biography, not an appreciation. So I will do as he requested and “stick to the facts.” To begin, Ed’s full name is Edward Randolph Emberley. He was born in Malden, Massachusetts, on October 19, 1931. He was a […]

Caldecott Award Acceptance by Ed Emberley

drummer hoff

by Ed Emberley Given at the American Library Association in Kansas City, Missouri, June 25, 1968. The Caldecott Medal for “the most distinguished American picture book for children” was awarded to Edward Emberley for Drummer Hoff (Prentice-Hall). It was a cold, snowy evening back in January when I received a person-to-person call from Florida. We […]

Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1960-1969

nine days to christmas

1960 MARIE HALL ETS and AURORA LABASTIDA Nine Days to Christmas (Viking) Illustrated by Marie Hall Ets The creator of Play with Me and her co-author, who has worked with children at the Benjamin Franklin Library in Mexico City, have together produced a charming Christmas picture book. The significance of the Mexican posada and piñata […]

In Remembrance: Bertha Mahony Miller

Bertha Mahony Miller

by Elizabeth Orton Jones THE BOOKSHOP FOR BOYS AND GIRLS In 1934 I was a young greenhorn artist living in New York City, trying to get started, anxious to be on my way. I spent hours each day going from place to place, my portfolio under my arm, my subject — children. I spent hours […]

The Flat-Heeled Muse

lloyd alexander

by Lloyd Alexander The muse in charge of fantasy wears good, sensible shoes. No foam-born Aphrodite, she vaguely resembles my old piano teacher, who was keen on metronomes. She does not carry a soothing lyre for inspiration, but is more likely to shake you roughly awake at four in the morning and rattle a sheaf […]