Artist’s Choice

Who Dreams of Cheese? by Leonard Weisgard

An illustrator comments in each issue of The Horn Book upon a new picture book he particularly likes. Who Dreams of Cheese? comment by Elizabeth Orton Jones Who can draw dreams? Who can draw thoughts? Who can tell with a few words and a paint brush how it feels to be a bird — so […]

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 […]

Gerald McDermott in Paris

Photo credit: Angela Schellenberg

During one of the last times Gerald was here in Paris, we went off hunting for an oyster restaurant. We finally found one in the Quartier Montorgueil on Rue des Petits Carreaux. The owner shipped oysters from his own farm on the Brittany coast so they were guaranteed to be fresh. We ordered a plate […]

Thomas Handforth, China, and the Real Mei Li

Pu Mei Li holding the book she inspired. Photo courtesy of Zi Tan and Peggy Hartzell.

An online-only companion to Kathleen T. Horning’s “Mei Li and the Making of a Picture Book” article from the January/February 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Personal Progress Toward the Orient*

Thomas Handforth

by Thomas Handforth *Paper read at the meeting of the Section for Work with Children on the occasion of the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco, June 20, 1939. My progress to the Orient began apparently with my first baby steps and observations. I was born in Tacoma and spent my childhood on the […]

Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1938-1939

Animals of the Bible, a Picture Book by Dorothy Lathrop

Below are original Horn Book Magazine reviews of Caldecott Medal winners from the inaugural 1938 award to 1939. 1938 DOROTHY LATHROP Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book (Stokes) Twenty-seven pictures presenting the Creation, Noah’s Ark, Abraham’s ram, Daniel’s lions, Jonah’s great fish, the Good Samaritan’s beast, the Prodigal Son’s pigs and many others less […]

Thomas Handforth’s “Mei Li”

Mei Li

reviewed by Elizabeth Coatsworth No picture book of the year is more beautiful than Mei Li, the story of the adventure of a little Chinese girl going with her brother to the nearby town to see the winter fair, and returning by camel to their farm in time to welcome the arrival of the Kitchen […]

Tribute to an Artist-Wanderer

Thomas Handforth

by Louise Seaman Bechtel In the late twenties and early thirties, a happy brew was stirring in the children’s book field; much of its spice and a good deal of the steam of the cooking came from the number of artists from all over the world who contributed to its bookmaking. The artists as well […]

The Story of “Mei Li”*

Mei Li

by Thomas Handforth *A paper read at the Newbery-Caldecott dinner at the Sixty-first Annual Conference of the American Library Association meeting in San Francisco. This paper and the one following, “Personal Progress Toward the Orient,” are published for their permanent value in place of the informal remarks made by Mr. Handforth as he accepted the […]

An Interview with George M. Nicholson

George M. Nicholson introduced and popularized high-quality paperback publishing for young people in the United States. He ran a number of major houses before foundling a new career as an agent, remaining throughout an innovative, knowledgeable, and influential figure in the children’s book industry. LEONARD S. MARCUS: How did you come to work in children’s […]