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Beatrix and Bertha

Beatrix Potter’s resistance to critics and fans writing about her books is well documented. In 1939 Margaret Lane, who would later become Potter’s first biographer, received a classic brush-off: So I wrote to Beatrix Potter, as politely and respectfully as I knew how, telling her of my lifelong pleasure in her work, and my admiration, […]

Horn Book Reminiscence from 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 […]

The Horn Book League

“The Horn Book League . . . , like the St. Nicholas League after which it was modeled and whose motto it bore, . . . was made up of artwork, poems, and essays sent in by boys and girls. The first column appeared in the March-April 1949 Horn Book under a headpiece designed by Hilda van Stockum, an […]

Horn Book Reminiscence from 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 […]

Politi for Christmas

On her first visit to California in January 1947, Bertha Mahony Miller spent a productive evening with the rising illustrator Leo Politi. From the evidence, it was a thoroughly congenial evening too. Bertha Miller was rounding out thirty busy years as editor of the Horn Book and director of its progenitor, The Bookshop for Boys […]

Peter Says Please

In August 1927 the Horn Book carried an appeal for help in preserving the Lake District countryside in the names of two eminent English countryfolk, Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter. In the illustrated letter, Peter pleads mutely, like a dog begging for a bone. But they do not come empty-handed, says Potter, offering a signed […]

Art from L. Leslie Brook

This drawing by L. Leslie Brook was given to Horn Book founder Bertha Mahony Miller in 1936.

Art from Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter (Mrs. William Heelis) sent this drawing and verse to Horn Book’s founding editor, Bertha Mahony Miller. Read more about Beatrix and Bertha and their friendship.

Arnold Lobel

By James Marshall We are here this morning to honor a great artist and a wonderful man, a man we will miss as long as we live and an artist who has left a body of work that contains some of the most loved, admired, and beautifully crafted books ever published. John Cheever said that […]

Rosemary Wells interviewed by Anita Silvey

The Horn Book Radio Review https://s3.amazonaws.com/WebVault/HB/audio/radio_wells.mp3 Anita Silvey (AS): I’m Anita Silvey, editor and chief of Horn Book Magazine. Books for babies, often called board books because they are printed on cardboard, have proliferated at an amazing rate in the past ten years. But it is only recently that books of any quality for the […]