Children's Literature

The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2018

Cover art by Ashley Bryan

In this issue:

  • Horn Book Fanfare: Our choices for the best books of 2017.
  • Coverage of the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos — in our 50th anniversary year!
  • BGHB at 50: 2017 committee chair Julie Roach shares her first BGHB experience — and a keepsake of Vera B. Williams’s 2002 Honor Book for Fiction and Poetry, Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart.
  • A remembrance of Iona Opie by her collaborator on two iconic Mother Goose collections, Rosemary Wells.
  • Cadenza: “Antiques Roadshow Visits Storyland” by Ron Koertge.
  • From The Guide: Picture books that demonstrate how Family Matters.
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The Horn Book Magazine July/August 2018

Special Issue: ALA Awards.

Original cover art by 2018 Caldecott Medal winner Matthew Cordell.

Critics Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman (“The Year in Words”) and Julie Danielson and Travis Jonker (“The Year in Pictures”) discuss the books of 2017.

Eloise Greenfield’s Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance speech.

Erin Entrada Kelly’s Newbery Medal acceptance speech.

Publisher Virginia Duncan’s profile of Erin Entrada Kelly.

Renée Watson’s Coretta Scott King Author Award acceptance speech.

Author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich’s profile of Renée Watson.

Matthew Cordell’s Caldecott Medal acceptance speech.

Author Julie Halpern’s profile of Matthew Cordell.

Ekua Holmes’s Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award acceptance speech.

Editorial director Liz Bicknell’s profile of Ekua Holmes.

An interview with Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut publisher Denene Millner by Dr. Kim Parker and Elissa Gershowitz.

2018 Mind the Gap Awards.

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The Horn Book Magazine March/April 2017

This issue includes:

  • "Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang" by Roger Sutton The 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on how books and readers can transcend boundaries.
  • "A Tiger Unmasked: One Book, Four Versions, Five Decades" by Crescent Dragonwagon Charlotte Zolotow's daughter (and literary executor) reflects on the challenges and joys of "collaborating" with her mother.
  • "When Google Translate Gives you Arroz con Mango" by Celia C. Perez Errors in Spanish in children's books and the need for #ownvoices in publishing.
  • "Picture This" by Rita Auerbach An extended review of the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Molly Bang's essential guide to picture book illustration.
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The Horn Book Magazine November/December 2017
This issues features:
  • "An Interview with Kishonna L. Gray" by Elissa Gershowitz  An expert in game studies and comparative media studies discusses the need for diverse games, diverse books, diverse everything
  • "No Ordinary Gift" by Roger Sutton We need to support libraries responsibly, equitably, and enthusiastically
  • "Beyond the 'Four Fs': Caribbean Own Voices" by Summer Edward The impact of publishing's global economic inequalities and "voluntourism"
  • "Fighting the Lost Cause" by Ann Bausum A Southern-born nonfiction writer rejects the education propaganda of her youth and advocates for historical honesty
  • "Revisiting Anthony Burns" by Rudine Sims Bishop Virginia Hamilton's 1988 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner for Nonfiction exemplifies what the author called "liberation literature." The fifth column in an ongoing series.
  • "Lucha Libros" by AnnMarie Hurtado Bilingual Battle of the Books
  • "Chapter Book Mirrors" A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide
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The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2015

Features:

  • "(Very Eventually) The Zena Sutherland Lecture" by Jack Gantos: The stories behind the stories, and characteristically, some other stories.
  • "A Thousand Winters" by Kwame Alexander: Working to make order out of chaos.
  • "The Woman Who Drew Narnia" by Vicki Smith: Through the wardrobe with Pauline Baynes.
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The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2016

This issue features:

  • "Orland" by Christopher Myers "In the aftermath...there is a need for stories to contain, to comfort, to process, to prevent."
  • "Machetes" by Jason Reynolds From the author's 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor Award acceptance sppech for All American Boys.
  • "How I Discovered Young Adult Poetry" by Marilyn Nelson The 2016 Zena Sutherland Lecture
  • "Interview with Self" by Richard Jackson Legendary editor interviews new picture book writer - and they're both Richard Jackson
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The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2017

This issue includes:

  • “To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story” by Melissa Sweet
    The 2017 Zena Sutherland Lecture.
  • “Looking for Queer Girls on the Shelves” by E. M. Kokie
    Our young queer and questioning readers deserve more of and from the stories we are publishing about their lives.
  • “The Incomparable Robin Smith (1959–2017)” by Martha V. Paravanno
  • BGHB at 50: The Adventures of Sparrowboy by Carole Boston Weatherford
    Brian Pinkney's 1997 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner for Picture Book was exactly what one author and parent was looking for. The fourth column in an ongoing series.
  • The Writer's Page: “On Home, Empathy, and Voice” by E. Lockhart
    How our physical and narrative homes shape our perspectives.
  • Cadenza: “For Mrs. Gill, Who Read Us Outside Over There” by Steven Withrow
  • Books in the Home: “What My First Grader Taught Me About Learning to Read” by Summer Clark
  • From The (Ghoulish) Guide: Horn BOO!
    A selection of reviews of Halloween books from The Horn Book Guide.
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The Horn Book Magazine: January/February 2016

This issue features:

  • Horn Book Fanfare by Horn Book editors: Our choices for the best books of 2015
  • Boston Globe Horn Book Award Gallery 2015: Celebrating the year's winners and honorees
  • "The World that Changes" by Susan Cooper: Horn Book at Simmons keynote address on the theme "Transformations"
  • "Shelf Lives" by Abby McGanney Nolan: From Bookseller to Bestseller
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The Horn Book Magazine: March/April 2019

In this issue:

  • “In the Breaking, Maybe Something Beautiful”: adapted from Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture.
  • Author Sayantani DasGupta explains why her #OwnVoices characters don’t wear shoes in the house.
  • An excerpt from Ebony Elizabeth Thomas’s forthcoming book The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games.
  • New for New Readers: Sylvie Shaffer asks, “What (Exactly) Is an Easy Reader?”
  • First Second editorial and creative director Mark Siegel, himself an author-illustrator, examines graphic novels as collaborative projects.
  • Field Notes: Miriam Lang Budin and Robbin Friedman on reading with incarcerated mothers and their children.
  • Audiobook reviews.
  • Impromptu: Complete list of the 2019 ALA YMA winners and more; and announcement of the May/June 2019 Special Issue: CSK at 50.
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The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2015

Features:

  • "Hijacking the Pumpkin Coach" by Gregory Maguire: Steering familiar stories in new directions
  • "Book & Me" by Charise Mericle Harper: We debut a new comics series
  • "Apples to Elephants: Artists in Animation" by Besty Bird: Animation skills can - and often do - translate to skills in picture-book illustration.
  • "From Series to Serious" by Thom Barthelmess: A look at four authors whose work includes both mass-market series and literary novels.
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The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2017

Special Humor Issue

Features:

  • "Say Something Funny": musings of author and accidental humorist Lisa Yee.
  • New Yorker art editor and TOON publisher Françoise Mouly asks, "What's So Funny About Comics?"
  • "Laghter and Resistance": Philip Nel on humor as a weapon in the age of Trump.
  • "Mocking Moscow": author Eugene Yelchin on political jokes in Russia.
  • Lisa Brown looks to the classics in her cartoon "How to Be Funny."
  • Betsy Bird and Julie Danielson remember the late Peter D. Sieruta, the Horn Book's funniest writer.
  • "The Adventures of Baby D": a not-so-heavy-handed cartoon by Raúl the Third.
  • Gail Carriger on "Fashion-Forward Vampires and the Power of Humor in Genre Fiction."
  • Gecko Press publisher Julia Marshall on translating humor.
  • "The Straight Poop on Potty Humor" from Horn Book Family Reading co-parents Elissa Gershowitz and Kitty Flynn.
  • BGHB at 50: Tim Wynne-Jones looks back at the 1980 Picture Book winner, Chris Van Allsburg's The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
  • From The Guide: "Darkly Funny YA."
  • "Honking the Horn": We asked some children's book creators to tell us a joke. Responses appear through the issue from Ame Dyckman, Alma Fullerton, Daniel Handler, Molly Idle, Dana Alison Levy, Juana Medina, Adam Rex and Christian Robinson, Sergio Ruzzier, Jon Scieszka, Bob Shea, David Ezra Stein, Susan Tan, and Rita Williams-Garcia.
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The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2018

Special Issue: Making a Difference

Cover by Yuyi Morales.

Carla Hayden, the first female and first African American Librarian of Congress, talks with Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton — her library school classmate! — about Bright April, mirror books, and nonpartisanship in the library.

Jonda C. McNair and Rudine Sims Bishop examine the enduring legacy of The Brownies’ Book, W. E. B. Du Bois’s early-twentieth-century literary magazine for children.

Reach Out and Read cofounder Robert Needlman describes how pediatricians make a difference when they “prescribe” reading, with a look at the program in practice from Diana Palmer.

Serving in WWII, nineteen-year-old Ashley Bryan carried his drawing materials in his gas mask and created art whenever he could. H. Nichols B. Clark provides a curated selection of Bryan’s remarkable wartime sketches and paintings.

 Jon Klassen looks to the late Pat Hutchins’s work to figure out some picture-book how-tos.

The Writer’s Page: Kekla Magoon on heroes who don’t make it into the history books.

“The Book That Changed My Life”: reflections from M. T. Anderson, Derrick BarnesKimberly Brubaker Bradley, Dhonielle Clayton, Candace Fleming, Bob Graham, Deborah HeiligmanKevin Henkes, Naomi Shihab NyeElizabeth Partridge, Celia C.  Pérez, Mitali Perkins, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Joyce Sidman, Roger Sutton, Lauren Wolk, and Eugene Yelchin,

From The Guide: Be an Everyday Un-Hero.

In Memoriam: Susan Cooper remembers Ursula K. Le Guin.

In Memoriam: Richard Michelson remembers Julius Lester.

Impromptu: Books back in print and books by our friends.

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The Horn Book Magazine: November/December 2014

November/December 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. In this issue:

“Does YA Mean Anything Anymore?: Genre in a Digitized World” by John Green
The author’s 2014 Zena Sutherland Lecture.

“Thom’s Rules of Order” by Thom Barthelmess
Ten tips for good book discussion.

“House Hunters: Storyland Edition” by Ron Koertge
In which the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe finds new digs.

Editorial
“Self Service” by Roger Sutton
What self-publishers don’t know about children’s books.

The Writer’s Page
“Beyond the Magically (Dis)abled” by Cammie McGovern
#WeNeedDiverseBooks…about disability.

Field Notes
“What Happened to the Frog?” by Jonathan Hunt
Jon Klassen, Mo Willems, and the Common Core.

From The Guide
“Steampunk for Tweens and Teens”
A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide.

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The Inker's Shadow
Say, Allen
Caldecott Medalist, Allen Say, presents a companion to his award-wining Drawing from Memory - the story of his coming-of-age at a military academy and the discovery of what it means to be American



For Allen Say, life as teen in Southern California was a cold existence. His father, one of the leading hamburger salesmen in Japan, ran a booming burger business, much like McDonald's, and sent Allen to an American military academy, so that his son could learn English and "become a success in life."



As the school's first and only Japanese student, he experienced immediate racism among his fellow cadets and his teachers. The other kids' parents complained about Allen's presence at the all-white school. As a result, he was relegated to a tool shed behind the mess hall. Determined to free himself from this oppression, Allen saved enough money to buy a 1946 Ford for $50 - then escaped to find the America of his dreams!



In this follow-up to Drawing from Memory, Allen continues to reinvent himself as an author and illustrator. Melding his paintings with cartoon images and archival photos, Allen Say delivers an accessible book that will appeal to any reader in search of himself.
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The Journey That Saved Curious Geoge - Softcover
Louise W. Borden
In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled their Paris home as the German army advanced. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles, pedaling to Southern France with children’s book manuscripts among their few possessions.

Louise Borden combed primary resources, including Hans Rey’s pocket diaries, to tell this dramatic true story. Archival materials introduce readers to the world of Hans and Margret Rey while Allan Drummond dramatically and colorfully illustrates their wartime trek to a new home.

Follow the Rey’s amazing story in this unique large format book that resembles a travel journal and includes full-color illustrations, original photos, actual ticket stubs and more. A perfect book for Curious George fans of all ages.
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The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations Documentary DVD

"The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations" is a documentary by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Hannah Jayanti about the classic children's book. The film playfully explores the creation, creators, lasting impact and enduring relevance of one of the most universally beloved children's books of our time. Through interviews with Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer, Eric Carle, David Hyde Pierce, and Adam Gopnik, as well as animation and archival materials, the documentary traces the friendship between Juster and Feiffer, and the wit and wisdom of the novel over half a century.

The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik called the documentary "a charming and soulful film" while Whitney Matheson of USA Today said, " I loved how it transported me back to my childhood."

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The Story of Charlotte's Web - Softcover
Sims, Michael

While composing what would become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White obeyed that oft-repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats-White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours as a child and adult. Painfully shy, "this boy," White once wrote of himself, "felt for animals a kinship he never felt for people." It's all the more impressive, therefore, how many people have felt a kinship with E. B. White.

Michael Sims chronicles White's animal-rich childhood, his writing about urban nature for the New Yorker, his scientific research into how spiders spin webs and lay eggs, his friendship with his legendary editor, Ursula Nordstrom, the composition and publication of his masterpiece, and his ongoing quest to recapture an enchanted childhood.

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The Wand In The Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy
"A rich resource that will be consulted as frequently by children's literature professionals and by genre fans themselves." -- BOOKLIST (starred review)

What kind of child were you? When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Why do you write fantasy?

"Fantasy," writes Leonard S. Marcus, "is storytelling with the beguiling power to transform the impossible into the imaginable and to reveal our own 'real' world in a fresh and truth-bearing light." Few have harnessed this power with the artistry, verve, and imagination of the authors encountered in this compelling book. How do they work their magic?

Finely nuanced and continually revealing, Leonard S. Marcus's interviews range widely over questions of literary craft and moral vision, as he asks thirteen noted fantasy authors about their pivotal life experiences, their literary influences and work routines, and their core beliefs about the place of fantasy in literature and in our lives.
Back matter includes an index.

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The Wand In The Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy - Autographed
Leonard Marcus

What kind of child were you? When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Why do you write fantasy?

"Fantasy," writes Leonard S. Marcus, "is storytelling with the beguiling power to transform the impossible into the imaginable and to reveal our own ‘real’ world in a fresh and truth-bearing light." Few have harnessed this power with the artistry, verve, and imagination of the authors encountered in this compelling book. How do they work their magic?

Finely nuanced and continually revealing, Leonard S. Marcus’s interviews range widely over questions of literary craft and moral vision, as he asks thirteen noted fantasy authors about their pivotal life experiences, their literary influences and work routines, and their core beliefs about the place of fantasy in literature and in our lives.
Back matter includes an index.

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The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder
McDowell, Marta
"For gardeners, botanists, and fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book looks at the beloved Little House on the Prairie author's relationship to nature." --Publishers Weekly

The universal appeal of Laura Ingalls Wilder springs from a life lived in partnership with the land, on farms she and her family settled across the Northeast and Midwest. In this revealing exploration of Wilder's deep connection with the natural world, Marta McDowell follows the wagon trail of the beloved Little House series. You'll learn details about Wilder's life and inspirations, pinpoint the Ingalls and Wilder homestead claims on authentic archival maps, and learn to grow the plants and vegetables featured in the series. Excerpts from Wilder's books, letters, and diaries bring to light her profound appreciation for the landscapes at the heart of her world. Featuring the beloved illustrations by Helen Sewell and Garth Williams, plus hundreds of historic and contemporary photographs, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a treasure that honors Laura's wild and beautiful life.
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Cott, Jonathan
An extraordinary, path-breaking, and penetrating book on the life and work and creative inspirations of the great children's book genius Maurice Sendak, who since his death in 2012 has only grown in his stature and recognition as a major American artist, period.


Polymath and master interviewer Jonathan Cott first interviewed Maurice Sendak in 1976 for Rolling Stone, just at the time when Outside Over There, the concluding and by far the strangest volume of a trilogy that began with Where The Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, was gestating. Over the course of their wide-ranging and revelatory conversation about his life, work, and the fantasies and obsessions that drove his creative process, they focused on many of the themes and images that would appear in the new book five years later. Drawing on that interview, There's a Mystery There is a profound examination of the inner workings of a complicated genius's torments and inspirations that ranges over the entirety of his work and his formative life experiences, and uses Outside Over There, brilliantly and originally, as the key to understanding just what made this extravagantly talented man tick. To gain multiple perspectives on that intricate and multifaceted book, Cott also turns to four "companion guides": a Freudian analyst, a Jungian analyst, an art historian, and Sendak's great friend and admirer, the playwright Tony Kushner. The book is richly illustrated with examples from Sendak's work and other related images.

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The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics is an unprecedented collection of the greatest comics for children, artfully compiled by two of the best-known creators in publishing and the field of comics--Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly.
This treasury created for young readers focuses on comic books, not strips, and contains humorous stories that range from a single-page to eight or even twenty-two pages, each complete and self-contained. The comics have been culled from the Golden Age of comic books, roughly the 1940s through the early 1960s, and feature the best examples of works by such renowned artists and writers as Carl Barks, John Stanley, Sheldon Mayer, Walt Kelly, Basil Wolverton, and George Carlson, among many, many others.
Organizing the book into five categories (Hey, Kids!; Funny Animals; Fantasyland; Story Time!; and Wacky & Weird), Spiegelman and Mouly use their expertise in the area of comics to frame each category with an introductory essay, and provide brief biographies of the artists. The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics is essential reading for kids of all ages.


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F&P level: T
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Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood
Yolen, Jane
We must equip our children with story in order to keep them linked with the past and ready for the future. "Our children are growing up without their birthright: the myths, fairy tales, fantasies and folklore that are their proper legacy." The essays in Touch Magic, Jane Yolen's classic call-to-arms advocating the use of fantasy and folklore in children's literature, echo that statement. Yolen argues persuasively that fantasy, folklore, and the realm of story provide children with the necessary tools for facing the world, understanding its ways and capriciousness, indeed, becoming truly human. "I believe that culture begins in the cradle," she writes. "To do without tales and stories and books is to lose humanity's past, is to have no star map for our future." August House now offers a richly expanded version of this seminal volume. With six new essays that tender fresh perspectives on the morality of fairy tales, time travel, the definition of story, and, of course, why such themes are essential to the development of today's children, Touch Magic heralds a new millennium of fantasy, myth, and storytelling. "Story is our wall against the dark," Yolen contends, and as adults, we must equip our children with story in order to keep them linked with the past and ready for the future. Touch magic, and pass it on.
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Edited by Peter Hunt, a leading figure in the field, this book introduces the study of children's literature, addressing theoretical questions as well as the most relevant critical approaches to the discipline.

The fourteen chapters draw on insights from academic disciplines ranging from cultural and literary studies to education and psychology, and include an essay on what writers for children think about their craft. The result is a fascinating array of perspectives on key topics in children's literature as well as an introduction to such diverse concerns as literacy, ideology, stylistics, feminism, history, culture and bibliotherapy.

An extensive general bibliography is complemented by lists of further reading for each chapter and a glossary defines critical and technical terms, making the book accessible for those coming to the field or to a particular approach for the first time.

In this second edition there are four entirely new chapters; contributors have revisited and revised or rewritten seven of the chapters to reflect new thinking, while the remaining three are classic essays, widely acknowledged to be definitive.

Understanding Children's Literature will not only be an invaluable guide for students of literature or education, but it will also inform and enrich the practice of teachers and librarians.

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Virginia Lee Burton: A Life in Art
Barbara Elleman
Virginia Lee Burton’s name may bring to mind a steam shovel and a man called Mike Mulligan, a charming little house, and a snowplow named Katy. Yet to speak only of Burton’s achievements as a picture book creator would be to paint only part of the canvas of her life. She was also a dancer, an illustrator for an early Boston newspaper, and a musician, designer, sculptor, and printmaker. Together with her husband George Demetrios, Virginia enjoyed a full life. They raised two sons, gardened and kept sheep, entertained friends, and taught art and design classes. Led by Burton, the design classes made up of local artists evolved into the Folly Cove Designers. A cooperative of sorts, this group created elaborately intricate designs of rural scenes and other natural elements, which they would carve into linoleum and print onto fabrics.
Simultaneously, Burton began her career in children’s book writing and illustration. The early success of her first books, Choo Choo, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and The Little House, as well as other books was an auspicious beginning for Burton, and the books have become classic and lasting examples of the fine art of children’s book creation.
Well-known children’s literature expert Barbara Elleman introduces the exuberant life, art, and books of Virginia Lee Burton, complemented by family photographs, illustrations, and other images of her inspiring work.
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