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Why teachers should know the Virtual History Exhibit

We have an opening in the post schedule this week because there's no class tonight, so I want to make a plug for our Virtual History Exhibit which displays items from our archives over the past 100 years. Because of our unique place in the history of children's books in...
      

Happy birthday, dear Beatrix

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On this 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth, I count myself lucky to have met a handful of people who knew her in her later years, when she was most decidedly not Beatrix Potter, but Mrs. William Heelis. By the time she married at age 47, she was beginning to...
      

Bertha's apartment

I just discovered some new Horn Book history trivia.While putting away some papers that have been piling up, I found a printout of Horn Book founder Bertha Mahony’s March 12, 1924 passport.I've looked at it before, most recently when we needed to confirm her height (contemporaries' accounts say she was...
      

Marcia Brown letter to Bertha Mahony Miller (undated)

To Bertha E. Miller, for some time "Early one morning in the spring", with very much appreciation.Marcia BrownDear Mrs. MillerI 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...
      

Moving moment No. 12

Elf on the shelf. Her nephew told me I was making Bertha laugh in Heaven, so that's something....
      

Book caravan

Last week we received a permissions request from librarian Orty Ortwein to accompany his article on the Book Caravan, brainchild of Mother Horn Book Bertha Mahony Miller. It put us in a nostalgic mood, so here's some more information about Horn Book history: articles about the Book Caravan, the Bookshop...
      

Our Bertha

I'm over at Kidlit Celebrates Women's History Month today,  talking about Horn Book founder Bertha Mahony Miller. See also my review of a new picture book biography of one of Bertha's great friends, Miss Moore (Thought Otherwise).For more on Bertha Mahony Miller, see our Virtual History Exhibit and the tag...
      

The Horn Book's inaugural editorial

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We chose this title — THE HORNBOOK — because of its early and honorable place in the history of children’s literature, but in our use of it we are giving it a lighter meaning, as Mr. Caldecott’s three jovial huntsmen on the cover suggest. Just as they are so full...
      

Realms of Gold and Granite

Bertha Mahony Miller in 1929.The Bookshop for Boys and Girls was born, in a twelvemonth, with a pedigree and a distinguished list of patrons. Its role was largely determined from the outset.But life, real life, is also a string of accidents. Bertha Mahony was thirty-three and restless after ten years...
      

Horn Book Reminiscence

by Elizabeth Orton JonesTchrr-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...

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