de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
University Libraries
University of Southern Mississippi


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1.20 cu.ft. (1 box)

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Materials received from Ed Emberley between 1967 and 1983.


Non-circulating; available for research.


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Biographical Sketch

Edward Randolph Emberley was born in Malden, Massachusetts on October 19, 1931, though he was raised in Cambridge. Following high school, with the encouragement and support of his parents and high school teachers he enrolled in the Massachusetts School of Art from which he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and illustration. Emberley served in the United States Army for two years and then completed his formal art training at the Rhode Island School of Design. Emberley spent two years working as a pasteup artist and cartoonist for a Boston direct mail firm but has been a freelance illustrator since 1960. His first book, The Wing on a Flea (1961), was an ALA Notable and made the New York Times list of best illustrated books for that year. Punch and Judy: a Play for Puppets (1965) also made the New York Times Best Illustrated list. One Wide River to Cross (1966), authored by Emberley's wife Barbara, was the sole Caldecott Honor book for 1967; this title also received an Art Books for Children Citation in 1973. Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home (1967) won the New Jersey Institute of Technology New Jersey Authors Award for science in 1968. Barbara Emberley again collaborated with her husband for Drummer Hoff (1967), which won both the 1968 Caldecott Medal and a 1968 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.

In addition to illustrating science books and story books, Emberley has also written and illustrated a number of drawing books for children. Among these are Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals(1969), Ed Emberley's Drawing Book: Make a World (1972), and Ed Emberley's Great Thumbprint Drawing Book (1977).

Ed and Barbara Emberley live in a three hundred-year-old Colonial saltbox home in Ipswich, Massachusetts, where they enjoy printing limited editions of children's books with their private hand press, "Bird in the Bush."