Drummer Hoff and “Didactic Intent”

drummer hoff

This is the fourth of a continuing series of articles celebrating the history of the Caldecott which marks its seventy-fifth anniversary this year. Librarian and children’s literature Kathleen T. Horning will look at one seminal but unheralded Caldecott book of each decade — identifying trends and misconceptions, noting the changing nature of the picture book, […]

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 […]

Picture Books, Art and Illustration

always room for one more

From Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books, 1966-1975 edited by Lee Kingman, published by The Horn Book, 1975 Ten years, ten books. Ten books that, one by one, have been put forth as the best of the year’s picture books, by inference the best that America could produce. This is the burden of the Newbery and […]

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 […]

Who are you wearing?

Max

Oh, I HATE costume parties. It’s enough trouble to get dressed, never mind dressed UP, never mind dressed up AS SOMEBODY ELSE. Be that as it may, ALSC is apparently asking attendees to this year’s Newbery-Caldecott banquet to acknowledge the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal in their sartorial choices for the evening. Since I’ve […]

Madeline’s Rescue and the Question of Audience

madeline's rescue

This is the third of a continuing series of articles celebrating the history of the Caldecott Medal, which marks its seventy-fifth anniversary this year. Librarian and children’s literature historian Kathleen T. Horning will look at one seminal but unheralded Caldecott  book of each decade — identifying trends and misconceptions, noting the changing nature of the […]

May Massee: As Her Author-Illustrators See Her

may massee

by Ludwig Bemelmans About seven years ago a typographer brought Miss Massee to my house for dinner. It was a dreary building of six rooms in a noisy neighborhood. The windows of my living room looked out at a cobweb of telegraph wires, a water tank, and a Claude Neon sign that flashed “Two Pants […]

Ludwig Bemelmans

Ludwig Bemelmans

by May Massee Every writer leaves bits and pieces of his own story in his books whether he knows it or not, so I thought I’d look through some of Ludwig Bemelmans’ books to see what he says about himself here and there. The trouble is, I find a paragraph that shows what a good […]

Caldecott Award Acceptance by Ludwig Bemelmans

madeline's rescue

by Ludwig Bemelmans Paper read at the meeting of the American Library Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 22, 1954. My deep gratitude to the members of the American Library Association for the Caldecott Medal. Now we shall talk about art. There is one life that is more difficult than that of the policeman’s and that is […]