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Hello Studio: A Profile of 2019 Caldecott Medal winner Sophie Blackall

On the highest floor of an old factory at the edge of Brooklyn, overlooking the water, is a skylit artists’ studio. This profile is drawn from interviews with the seven children’s book creators who, over the years, have shared that studio with Sophie Blackall.“Drawn in Brooklyn,” 2010 Photo: Matt Carr.Sergio...

George Nicholson on Gerald McDermott's Arrow to the Sun

Gerald McDermott and a young fan. Photo courtesy of ALSC.While doing the research for my article Arrow to the Sun and Critical Controversies (Sept./Oct. 2013 Horn Book Magazine), I came across several references to author Gerald McDermott's first children's book editor at Holt, Rinehart & Winston, George Nicholson, and the...

A Profile of Gerald McDermott

by Priscilla Moulton from left: Gerald McDermott, Priscilla Moulton, and former Horn Book editor Paul Heins. Photo courtesy of the Association for Library Service to Children/American Library Association. Used with permission.The awarding of the 1975 Caldecott Medal for Arrow to the Sun (Viking) concludes a critical period for Gerald McDermott,...

May Massee: As Her Author-Illustrators See Her

by Ludwig BemelmansAbout seven years ago a typographer brought Miss Massee to my house for dinner. It was a dreary building of six rooms in a noisy neighborhood. The windows of my living room looked out at a cobweb of telegraph wires, a water tank, and a Claude Neon sign...

Ludwig Bemelmans

by May MasseeEvery writer leaves bits and pieces of his own story in his books whether he knows it or not, so I thought I’d look through some of Ludwig Bemelmans’ books to see what he says about himself here and there. The trouble is, I find a paragraph that...

Caldecott Award Acceptance by Ludwig Bemelmans

by Ludwig BemelmansPaper read at the meeting of the American Library Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 22, 1954.My deep gratitude to the members of the American Library Association for the Caldecott Medal.Now we shall talk about art.There is one life that is more difficult than that of the policeman’s and that...

Elizabeth Orton Jones's Caldecott acceptance speech

by Elizabeth Orton Jones*Read at the Awards Luncheon when the Caldecott Medal was given to Elizabeth Orton Jones for her illustrations in Rachel Field’s Prayer for a Child (Macmillan).There was once a little girl who found it very puzzling to say “thank you.” The words were too small for the...

Gerald McDermott in Paris

Friends Gerald McDermott and Doug Cushman. Photo credit: Angela SchellenbergDuring one of the last times Gerald was here in Paris, we went off hunting for an oyster restaurant. We finally found one in the Quartier Montorgueil on Rue des Petits Carreaux. The owner shipped oysters from his own farm on...

Personal Progress Toward the Orient*

by Thomas Handforth*Paper read at the meeting of the Section for Work with Children on the occasion of the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco, June 20, 1939. Thomas Handforth self portrait, 1939.My progress to the Orient began apparently with my first baby steps and observations. I was born...
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