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Happy birthday, dear Barbara!

Barbara Bader in Seattle, 2008

Happy 90th birthday to children’s literature luminary Barbara Bader! In addition to her seminal book American Picturebooks from Noah’s Ark to the Beast Within and longtime work as children’s book editor and eventually co-owner of Kirkus Reviews, she has also been a prolific Horn Book Magazine contributor. Her articles on the history of children’s books and the beginnings of The Horn Book itself are invaluable — and her insights are always delivered with wit and zing.

Here’s a small sampling of Ms. Bader’s many brilliant Horn Book Magazine articles. Celebrate her birthday (and do yourself a favor!) by digging in.

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