Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1950-1959

song of the swallows

1950 LEO POLITI, Author-Illustrator     Song of the Swallows (Scribner) The swallows always appeared at the old Mission of Capistrano on St. Joseph’s Day and Juan who lived nearby wondered how they could tell that from all others. This tender poetic story of the coming of springtime is touched by the kindliness of the good Fathers of […]

Prayer for a Child and the Test of Time

Prayer for a Child

This is the second 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 […]

“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 Reminiscence

Elizabeth Orton Jones

by Elizabeth Orton Jones Tchrr-r-r-r! The phone would ring. I’d answer, and after a considerable while I’d hear a faint little quavery voice, as if someone were calling me from beyond the Pleiades…“E-li-i-izabeth?” It would be my dear friend Bertha Mahony Miller, calling from Ashburnham, Massachusetts, about seventeen miles from Mason, New Hampshire, where I […]

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.

Mei Li and the Making of a Picture Book

Mei Li

This is the first 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 […]