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Archives for January 1999

What did we think of…?

We know these books as classics now, but each started as one of the many review copies delivered to the Horn Book office every week. What did our reviewers think the first time they saw a book by Dr. Seuss? What about when Madeleine L’Engle, a moderately successful writer of realistic family stories, decided to […]

Virtual History Exhibit Acknowledgements

Since the first incarnation of of the Virtual History Exhibit in 1999, many people have contributed their time and expertise. Rather than separate out the three versions of this exhibit, they are all listed together below. Concept & Design Lolly Robinson Elissa Gershowitz Katie Bircher Charlotte Reber Eva Anner Copy Kitty Flynn Anne Quirk Lolly […]

Guest Book

Please sign our guestbook by submitting a comment below. Traditionally, museum gallery guest books include date, name, where you are from, and a comment. This website will automatically include your name and date, but please do give a location and — if you are so moved — tell us what you think of the exhibit. […]

The Circuit: Author Francisco Jiménez’s BGHB Fiction Award Speech

I would like to express my gratitude to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Committee for selecting The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child for this honor. I am grateful to my editor, Andrea Otañez, and to the University of New Mexico Press for publishing my collection of short stories. I would also […]

Biographical information

More about the authors and artists featured in our Virtual History Exhibit, including Roald Dahl, James Marshall, Beatrix Potter, Rosemary Wells, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Lloyd Alexander (1924–2007) Considered one of the world’s master storytellers, Lloyd Alexander has written both picture books and novels, including the Newbery Medal recipient The High King. Writing as a […]

Book caravan clippings | full size images

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.

Book Caravan diary transcriptions

During the Book Caravan‘s second summer of traveling around New England, operators Ruth Drake and Pauline Langley, two young Bookshop employees, kept a diary of their experiences. While Bertha Mahony’s venture failed to make a profit, it succeeded in spreading the word about great books for children and adults. Friday, 29 July 1921 Wenham day […]

Book caravan clippings

For more about the Book Caravan, read Barbara Bader’s Horn Book Magazine article, “Treasure Island by the Roadside.” We also offer a slideshow of photos of the Caravan and transcriptions of selected pages from the caravan diary. For full-size images of these clippings, go to this page. Apparently, all the major newsreel companies ran features […]