Letter from England: Dorothy Butler

By Aidan Chambers Every year our children’s book editors give the Eleanor Farjeon Award to someone they consider has performed outstanding services to children’s books. This year the recipient is Dorothy Butler. Two of her books will shortly reach you and will richly demonstrate why our editors felt they wanted to recognize this remarkable woman. […]

Marcia Brown

by Janet A. Loranger Thirty-seven years ago, Marcia Brown published her first picture book for children: The Little Carousel.* On June 28, 1983, she received her third Caldecott Medal for Shadow. Those years from 1946 to 1983 have encompassed one of the most distinguished careers in American children’s books. That her latest book has received […]

My Goals as an Illustrator

by Marcia Brown When recently I was invited to speak on my goals as an illustrator, I was reminded that twenty years ago I was asked to give a talk and write a paper on this same subject. As I reread that paper, I saw that most of my ideas have not changed very much […]

From Caldecott to Caldecott

once a mouse

by Helen Adams Masten It has been only seven years since Marcia Brown won the Caldecott medal for her Cinderella. Comparing the exquisite little gouache drawings for Cinderella with the strong and rhythmically beautiful woodcuts for Once a Mouse…, one realizes that this artist has come a long way in seven years. An artist grows […]

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 […]

Caldecott Award Acceptance*

Cinderella by Marcia Brown

by Marcia Brown *Paper read at the meeting of the American Library Association, Philadelphia, July 5, 1955. An artist cannot help feeling deeply honored to receive an award bearing the name of Randolph Caldecott, one of the happiest spirits in children’s books. Prizes and awards seem to be gifts from the gods, unless they are […]

Marcia Brown and Her Books

by Alice Dalgliesh The three little Brown girls, Helen, Janet and Marcia, lived for several years in a parsonage in Cooperstown, New York. It was a delightful place to spend one’s childhood, for there was Otsego Lake with woodland paths to be explored and, best of all, Natty Bumppo’s cave. The girls had a good […]

Marcia Brown letter to Bertha Mahony Miller (undated)

Letter and drawing from Martha Brown

To Bertha E. Miller, for some time “Early one morning in the spring”, with very much appreciation. Marcia Brown Dear Mrs. Miller I want to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and how much it meant to me to hear your speech recalling Elizabeth Miller, Mukeiji, and the others, whom I had known […]

Review of Picture This

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Picture This: Perception and Composition by Molly Bang; illus. by the author Intermediate     Bulfinch/Little     141 pp. 9/91     Paper ed. 0-8212-1855-7     $12.95 With a forward by Rudolf Arnheim. If I could buy only one book this year, this would be the one. If I could take only one book on a long cavation, this would be […]

An Interview with Frances Foster

In the September/October 2003 Horn Book Magazine, Leonard S. Marcus interviewed longtime editor Frances Foster, head of Frances Foster Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus & Giroux.  Leonard S. Marcus: How did you come to be a children’s book editor? Frances Foster: I came to New York on the rebound, following a wonderful but unreal […]