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HELEN ADAMS MASTEN PAPERS

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DG0677
1930-1977
.60 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

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Materials donated by Helen Adams Masten in 1983 and by Marcia Brown in 1990.

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Non-circulating; available for research.

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Biographical Sketch

Helen Adams Masten served as the Librarian in Charge of the Central Children's Room of the New York Public Library, retiring in November 1961 after 33 years of service. She was also a book critic and contributor to the Horn Book, and a judge for awards such as The New York Herald Tribune Spring Book Festival and the American Institute of Graphic Arts Children's Book Show. At retirement, she divided her time between her Pelham, New York home and her New York City apartment, which she shared with Marcia Brown, the award-winning author/illustrator.

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Scope and Content

The Helen Adams Masten Papers contain correspondence from 67 children's authors, illustrators, editors, critics, and others from the period 1930 through 1977, as well as two typewritten book reviews and a brief bibliography. Many of her correspondents were historically important in the early days of American children's book publishing and children's library services.

Biographies of the correspondents follow.

Valenti and Maxine Angelo

Valenti Angelo (1897- ), a painter, sculptor, author, and illustrator of more than 120 books, was born in Italy and emigrated to America. He married Maxine Grimm in 1923 and she died in 1971. Nina, which Angelo both wrote and illustrated, was a 1939 Newbery honor book. He also illustrated Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer, recipient of the 1937 Newbery Medal and a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.

Esther Averill

Esther Averill (1902-1992) sometimes used the pseudonym John Domino. A journalist, cartoonist, publisher, illustrator and children's writer, she also worked at the New York Public Library. The author of The Voyages of Jacques Cartier, Flash, and The Fire Cat, she is best known for her Jenny Linsky and the Cat Club books, stories based on her own pets. Jenny's Birthday Book was named one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 1954. Educated at Vassar, Averill worked in the editorial department of Women's Wear Daily and founded the Domino Press which printed specialized children's books and experimented with international publishing.

Louise Bechtel

Louise Seaman Bechtel (1894-1985) was educated at Collegiate Institute, Vassar and Yale. She headed the juvenile department at Macmillan Co. from 1919-1934, the first of its kind in the country. At various times she was a children's book editor for the New York Herald Tribune Book Review, a teacher, a lecturer, a critic, an author, host of a weekly radio program on children's books, and an associate editor of the Horn Book. As an editor, Bechtel worked with authors and illustrators such as Rachel Field, Margery Bianco, and Elizabeth Coatsworth. She wrote The Brave Bantam, Mr. Peck's Pets, and Books in Search of Children. Bechtel was the speaker at Helen Masten's retirement from the New York Public Library in 1960.

Alice and Harry Behn

Harry Behn (1898-1973), a writer, editor, educator and author, sometimes used the pseudonym Giles Behn. A 1922 Harvard graduate, Behn was a Hollywood film writer, professor, and poet, as well as the founder and editor of the Arizona Quarterly. He was also a writer and illustrator of children's stories and poems such as The Little Hill, All Kinds of Time, and The House Beyond the Meadow. He received the George G. Stone Center for Children's Books Award in 1965 for his translation of Cricket Songs: Japanese Haiku. He married Alice Lawrence in 1925.

Laura Benet

Laura Benet (1884-1979), was a poet, author, social worker, and newspaper editor. Author of The Boy Shelley, Enchanting Jenny Lind, and other children's stories, Benet was a New York social worker and a friend of Rachel Field. She was also an assistant editor of the book page for the New York Evening Post and New York Sun and a New York Times substitute review editor. Benet wrote books about her two famous brothers, Stephen Vincent Benet and William Rose Benet, as well.

Jean Bertolli

see Jean Tamburine

Pamela Bianco and Georg and Lorenzo

Pamela Bianco (1906- ) is the daughter of Francisco Giuseppe, a poet, and Margery Williams Bianco, author of The Velveteen Rabbit, All About Pets, and other children's stories. Bianco was privately educated in England, France and Italy, and she emigrated from England to America in 1921. She became an artist and children's writer and received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her creative painting. In addition to illustrating The Little Wooden Doll by her mother, Bianco also wrote and illustrated The Starlit Journey, The Valentine Party and was a contributor to Harper's Bazaar.

Claire Huchet Bishop

Claire Huchet Bishop (1899?-1993) the French-born author and storyteller, opened the first children's library in Paris, L'Heure Joyeuse. She married Frank Bishop, an American, and moved to New York, where she was a storyteller for the New York Public Library from 1932-1936. Bishop was also a children's book editor for Commonweal, a contributor to Saturday Review, a lecturer and an author. She wrote All Alone and Pancakes-Paris, recipients of Newbery honor awards in 1948 and 1954 and The Five Chinese Brothers, which won a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1959.

Emma Brock

Emma Brock (1886-1974) was the author and illustrator of The Runaway Sardine, The Greedy Giant, Drusilla, The Topsy-Turvy Family, Mr. Wren's House, and other children's books. She also worked in the children's room of the New York Public Library.

Marcia Brown

Marcia Brown (1918- ), the Caldecott award-winning illustrator and author, was a close friend of Helen Adams Masten. She and Masten shared a New York City apartment when Brown was in the city, and the two traveled together, as well. She taught English for three years at Cornwall High School and worked at the New York Public Library from 1943 until 1948. Brown has received an unprecedented three Caldecott Medals for her titles Cinderella (1955), Once a Mouse (1962), and Shadow (1983). In addition, a number of her books have received Caldecott honor awards. They are Dick Whittington and His Cat, Henry-Fisherman, Stone Soup, Skipper John's Cook, Andersen's Steadfast Tin Soldier, and Perrault's Puss in Boots.

Covelle and Addison Burbank

Addison Burbank (1895-1961), a newspaper reporter, columnist, magazine illustrator, author and mural painter, married Covelle Newcomb, a children's author. Addison was educated at Santa Clara University, Hopkins Art Institute, Chicago Art Institute, Grand Central Art Institute, Ecole de la Grande Chaumiere and Colarres'. Addison wrote and illustrated Cedar Deer in 1940 and, with Covelle, Narizone's Holiday. Covelle's books for young readers, all illustrated by Addison, include The Story of Miguel de Cervantes, Silver Saddles: A Story of James Cardinal Gibbons,and The Secret Door: The Story of Kate Greenaway.

Helene Carter

Helene Carter (1887-1969) was the Canadian illustrator of Two Little Misogynists, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature for its author Carl Spitteler. Carter also illustrated The Gulf Stream by Ruth Brindze, winner of the New York Herald Tribune Spring Book Festival Award in 1945, The Story of Our Calendar, and The First Book of Trees, among other children's titles. She studied at the Ontario School of Art and the New York Art Students League. In association with the New York Zoological Park she also illustrated a number of books on insects, prehistoric animals and reptiles.

Chih-Yi, Christina and Plato Chan

Chih-Yi Chan is an author, and Plato Chan (1933- ), is an illustrator. Their collaborative work, Good Luck Horse was a 1944 Caldecott honor book.

Jean and Zohmah Charlot

Jean Charlot (1898-1979) was a French-born author, playwright and artist. Educated at Grinell College and St. Mary's College, he became a lecturer, a teacher at the Art Students League and the University of Hawaii, and director of the Colorado Fine Arts Center. He was a mural painter in Mexico City from 1921 through 1925 and staff artist in the Yucatan for the Carnegie Institute. He was both a Guggenheim Fellow and a Benjamin Franklin Fellow. He married Zohmah Day in 1939. Two books which he illustrated were named Caldecott honor books - A Child's Good Night Book and When Will the World Be Mine?; a third, And Now Miguel, won the 1954 Newbery Medal.

John and Mary Cosgrave

John O'Hara Cosgrave (1908-1968) was a free-lance commercial artist and book illustrator. Educated at the University of California and in Paris, Cosgrave illustrated Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken, as well as Carry On, Mr. Bowditch which won the 1946 Newbery Medal.

James and Sonia Daugherty

James Daugherty (1889-1974) was the author and illustrator of Daniel Boone, winner of the 1940 Newbery Medal, Andy and the Lion, Abraham Lincoln, and Poor Richard as well as being a mural painter. He married Sonia Medwedeff (?-1971), a Moscow-born children's author best known for her biographies. Sonia was also a contributor to the New Yorker and the Christian Science Monitor. James was educated at the Corcoran School of Art and the Academy of Fine Arts in London. He illustrated a 1951 Newbery honor book, Better Known as Johnny Appleseed, a 1933 Newbery honor book, The Railroad to Freedom: A Story of the Civil War and a 1957 Caldecott honor book, Gillespie and the Guards.

Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

Edgar Parin d'Aulaire (1898-1986), a German-American artist and his wife Ingri Mortensen (1904-1980), a Norwegian-American author and artist, married in 1925 and were both art students of Pola Gaugin in Paris in the late 1920s. They collaborated on all of their works, including a translation of East of the Sun and West of the Moon and the 1940 Caldecott Medal winner, Abraham Lincoln. The d'Aulaires won the 1970 Regina Medal and numerous other honors.

Dola de Jong

Dola de Jong (1911- ) was born in Holland, educated in Holland and England, and emigrated to the United States in 1940. She is the author of The House on Charlton Street, a 1963 Edgar Allen Poe runner-up and The Field Is the World, which won the 1947 Literature Prize of Holland.

Harry and Wende Devlin

Both Devlins were born in 1918, he in New Jersey and she in New York. Both were educated at Syracuse University. Harry has been an artist, lecturer at Union College in New Jersey and chairman of the Tomasulo Art Gallery. Wende has been a free-lance artist, painter, and writer. The Devlins won the New Jersey Teachers of English Award in 1970 for How Fletcher Was Hatched. Other award-winning books include Aunt Agatha, There's a Lion Under the Couch, What Kind of House Is That? and Cranberry Valentine. Several film adaptations have been made of their books.

Ruth and Albert Durand

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Roger and Loulou (Louise Faito) Duvoisin

Roger Duvoisin (1904-1980), was a Swiss-American mural painter, stage designer, textile designer, visiting professor, free-lance illustrator, and manager of an old French pottery plant, as well as the author of more than 40 books and illustrator of more than 140 others. He is remembered for his creation of Petunia. Duvoisin was the recipient of the University of Southern Mississippi Silver Medallion in 1971, the 1975 Fiction Award from the New York Academy of Science, and the 1976 Kerlan Award. He received the 1948 Caldecott Medal for his illustration of White Snow, Bright Snow and a 1966 Caldecott honor award for his illustration of Hide and Seek Fog. He married Louise Fatio, (1904- ), also a Swiss-American and a children's author known for her series of picture books.

Anne Thaxter Eaton

Anne Thaxter Eaton (1881-1971) was raised in New York and educated at Smith College and the New York State Library School. She was a librarian at Pruyn Library in Albany, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Columbia University. She was also a reviewer and co-editor of the children's books department for the New York Times Book Review. She also taught children's literature at St. John's University. Eaton received the James Terry White Medal in 1941 for Reading with Children. She contributed articles to anthologies such as A Critical History of Children's Literature and Essays Presented to Anne Carroll Moore.

Fritz Eichenberg

Fritz Eichenberg (1901- ) was born in Cologne, Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1933. After working for a lithographic printer and an advertising agency, he studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts in Leipzig. In addition to writing and illustrating the 1953 Caldecott honor book Ape in a Cape and other award-winning books, he also illustrated Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and other classics. He became chair of the department of graphic arts of the Pratt Institute in 1956 and founded and directed the Graphic Arts Center. He also chaired the department of art at the University of Rhode Island. Two books illustrated by Eichenberg received the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award - No Room: an Old Story Retold and Padre Porko, the Gentlemanly Pig.

Marie Ets

Marie Hall Ets (1893-1984) was a New York City social worker, childcare worker, artist for decorating firms, author and illustrator. She won the 1960 Caldecott Medal and the 1975 Kerlan Award. Ets attended the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia University, New York School of Fine and Applied Art, and the University of Chicago. Several of Et's books were named Caldecott honor books, including In the Forest, Just Me, Mr. Penny's Race Horse, Mr. T.W. Anthony Woo and Play With Me.

Louise Fatio

see Roger and Loulou Duvoisin

Rachel Field

Rachel Field (1894-1942) was a novelist, editor, poet, playwright and children's author. She worked in the editorial department of the Famous Players-Laskey silent film company. Field won the Drama League of America Prize in 1918. She was the first female recipient of the Newbery Medal in 1930 for Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, which also won a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1961. Calico Bush was named a Newbery honor book in 1932. Prayer For a Child, written by Rachel Field and illustrated by Dorothy Lathrop won the 1945 Caldecott Medal and a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958. "All This and Heaven Too," "And Now Tomorrow," and "Time Out of Mind" were 1940s film adaptations of her books.

Genevieve Foster

Genevieve Foster (1893-1979), was a commercial artist, illustrator and author of 19 children's books, mostly historical fiction, among them four Newbery honor books - Abraham Lincoln's World, George Washington: An Initial Biography, George Washington's World, and Birthdays of Freedom.

Paul Galdone

Paul Galdone (1907?-1986), was a Hungarian-born illustrator, author, painter and sculptor. He attended the Art Students League and the New York School of Industrial Design. He worked in the art department at Doubleday and Company and was a school library media specialist and a free-lance illustrator who illustrated several hundred books. Anatole and Anatole the Cat written by Eve Titus and illustrated by Galdone were both Caldecott honor books. Moccasin Trail by Eloise J. McGraw received a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and was a 1953 Newbery honor book. Winter Danger and The Perilous Road by William O. Steele received a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and a 1959 Newbery honor award, respectively.

Margot Gayles

No information found.

Berta and Elmer Hader

Berta Hader (1891-1976) was born in Mexico and became a staff artist for the San Francisco Bulletin. She married Elmer Hader in 1919. Elmer Hader (1889-1973) was an apprentice silversmith, surveyor's assistant, locomotive fireman, and vaudeville actor. The couple collaborated on The Big Snow, which won the 1949 Caldecott Medal, Mighty Hunter, the 1944 Caldecott Medal winner, and Cock-a-Doodle-Dooo, a 1940 Caldecott honor book, as well as numerous other titles.

Milton Halpert

No information found.

James D. Havens and Family

No information found.

Natalie and Bill Haynes

No information found.

Donna Hill

Donna Hill was born in Utah and educated at Phillips Gallery Art School, George Washington University, and Columbia University. She was a librarian for the New York Public Library, a professor, a painter and an author. She wrote and illustrated Not One More Day and Mr. Peeknuff's Tiny People and edited, with Doris de Montreville, The Third Book of Junior Authors.

Dorothy and Nils Hogner

Dorothy Childs Hogner (1904- ), is a native New Yorker and operated the Hemlock Hill Herb Farm. Nils Hogner (1893-1970), was an artist, illustrator, art instructor at the University of New Mexico, and a mural painter. Nils and Dorothy married in 1932 and collaborated on The Animal Book, Our American Horse, and Barnyard Family. Nils attended the Rhodes Academy, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Boston School of Painting and the School of the Museum of Fine Art.

Horvath, Ferdinand Huszti

No information found.

Moritz A. Jagendorf

Moritz A. Jagendorf (1888-1981), the Austrian-born author of New England Bean-Pot, The Merry Men of Gotham, Sand in the Bag and other children's stories, studied law at Yale, but dropped out, attended Columbia University and became a dentist. He also studied at the Sorbonne. Jagendorf wrote plays which were produced off-Broadway and published in several books. He headed the Free Theater and later the Children's Playhouse and Washington Square Players. He is best known for his folk story collections. He won the 1936 Ford Prize for In the Days of the Han, about Chinese warriors.

Anne Marie Jauss

Anne Marie Jauss (1902?-1991) was a German-born painter, illustrator and writer, daughter of the landscape painter Georg Jauss. She studied at the State Art School of Munich, wrote for the women's page of a Berlin newspaper and exhibited paintings. She then emigrated to Portugal, where she worked as a designer and illustrator before moving to New York City in 1946. She authored or illustrated more than 60 books, including Discovering Nature the Year Round. She won the 1974 Christopher Award for Tracking the Unearthly Creatures of Marsh and Pond, in addition to several other awards.

Joan Kaminski

No information found.

Gertrude and Dorothy Lathrop

Dorothy P. Lathrop (1891-1980), was the illustrator and author of Who Goes There?, The Fairy Circus, Colt from Moon Mountain, and Skattle Monkey. She illustrated her own books in addition to those written by Rachel Field, Sara Teasdale, and Walter De La Mare. She illustrated Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field, which won the 1930 Newbery Medal and a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Animals of the Bible, which she illustrated, won the first Caldecott Medal in 1930. Her sister, Gertrude, was a sculptor.

Reta and Pedro Lemos

No information found.

Rick Adelaide Lewis

No information found.

William Lipkind

William Lipkind (1904-1974), used the pen name Will. Born in New York City and educated at City College and Columbia University, Lipkind was a researcher among Caraja and Javahe Indians of Brazil and worked for the American government in Germany after World War II. He taught anthropology at New York University and children's literature at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Lipkind's friend, Nicolas Mordvinoff, illustrated many of his books, among them Finder's Keepers, winner of the 1952 Caldecott Medal and The Two Reds, a Caldecott honor book in 1951. Lipkind was married to Maria Corim, who superseded Helen Adams Masten as head of the Children's Central Reading Room of the New York Public Library.

Simon Lissim

Simon Lissim (1900-1981) was born in Russia but emigrated to the United States in 1941, becoming a citizen in 1946. He worked in stage design and painting, having 80 one-artist shows. He was also a porcelain designer, working for Lenox and Royal Copenhagen. Lissim established the children's art education program at the New York Public Library where he taught art until 1966. He also taught at City College and Lycee Francais. He illustrated Runaway Soldier, and other Tales of Russia by Fruma Gottschalk and other books.

Joseph Low

Joseph Low (1911- ), was educated at the University of Illinois and the Art Students League. He began his career in 1933 by typesetting and printing his own work. He was a free-lance designer and an instructor at Indiana University at Bloomington, where he established the university press, Corydon. He later worked for New York advertising agencies and editorial offices, founded the Eden Hill Press, and was an author and illustrator of children's books. He married Ruth Hull in 1940 and collaborated with her on Mother Goose Riddles and Rhymes, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Low wrote and illustrated Mice Twice, a Caldecott honor book, and was the recipient of several other awards as well.

Alida Malkus

Alida Malkus (1899- ), worked for a newspaper and wrote short stories for magazines. She authored The Dark Star of Itza, a 1931 Newbery honor book.

May McNeer

See Lynd Ward and May McNeer

Medwedeff, Sonia

See James and Sonia Daugherty

Katherine Milhous

Katherine Milhous (1894-1977) was a newspaper illustrator and book designer of Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. She attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She was author/illustrator of The Egg Tree, a 1951 Caldecott Medal book, Lovina: A story of the Pennsylvania Country, Snow Over Bethlehem and other stories. She illustrated The Silver Pencil by Alice Dalgliesh, a 1945 Newbery honor book, and won the 1967 Drexel Award, among other honors.

Anne Carroll Moore

Anne Carroll Moore (1871-1961), was a noted librarian, editor and author of children's books. She served as children's librarian at the Pratt Institute Free Library from 1896 to 1906 and as Supervisor of Work with Children at the New York Public Library from 1906 to 1941. She was also a critic of children's books for The Bookman, New York Herald Tribune Books, and Atlantic Monthly. Moore was associate editor of the Horn Book from 1939 to 1961. A pioneer organizer of children's book departments in libraries, Moore was also a lecturer and consultant on children's literature and librarianship. Her 1925 Nicholas was a Newbery honor book. She received the diploma of honor from Pratt Institute and a Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Maine. Moore was awarded the Constance Lindsay Skinner achievement medal for merit in 1940 and the Regina Medal in 1960 and 1963.

Nicolas and Barbara Mordvinoff

Nicolas Mordvinoff (1911-1973) was born in Russia, studied in Paris, and emigrated to the United States in 1946, marrying Barbara Ellis in the same year. He used the pseudonym Nicolas when illustrating children's books. Finders Keepers by William Lipkind and illustrated by Nicolas won the 1952 Caldecott Medal; The Two Beds, also by his friend Lipkind, was a 1951 Caldecott honor book. Mordvinoff illustrated Hortense the Cow for a Queen by Natalie Carlson and other award-winning books.

William and Barbara Morgan

No information found.

Covelle Newcomb

See Covelle and Addison Burbank

Tony and (Philmena) Palazzo

Tony Palazzo (1905-1970) was an art director for Esquire, Coronet, Apparel Arts and Colliers and taught advertising design at the Pratt Institute. He illustrated Timothy Turtle, a 1947 Caldecott honor book, Susie the Cat, Charley the Horse, and other award-winning books.

Glen, Margaret and Bill Rounds

Glen Rounds (1906- ) was born in South Dakota and attended Kansas City Art Institute and the Art Student's League. He received the Kerlan Award in 1980 for his body of work. Rounds is the author and illustrator of more than 50 books and illustrator of another 60 titles.

Frances Sayers

Frances Clarke Sayers (1897-1989) grew up in Texas and studied at the University of Texas and the Carnegie Institute of Technology. She was an assistant in the children's room of the New York Public Library from 1918 to 1923 and served as the superintendent of work with children from 1941 until 1952. Sayers lectured on children's literature at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1954 until 1965 when she became a full-time writer. She won the Joseph W. Lippincott Award for distinguished service in librarianship that same year and the Clarence Day Award in 1966 for Summoned by Books. Sayers won the Southern California Children's Literature Award in 1969. In addition to writing children's fiction, such as Bluebonnets for Lucinda, she also edited with Evelyn Sichels the third edition of Anthology of Children's Literature and completed a biography of Anne Carroll Moore.

Louis Slobodkin

Louis Slobodkin (1903-1975), was a sculptor, designer, illustrator and author of children's books. He married Florence Gerth, also an author. Slobodkin studied at the Beaux Arts Institute of Design and was head of the sculpture division of the New York City Art Project from 1941 to 1942 and was commissioned by several cities to execute statues. He also lectured and exhibited widely. He won the Caldecott Medal in 1943 for his illustration of James Thurber's Many Moons and was a friend of Eleanor Estes with whom he collaborated on The Moffats.

Ira and Stevie Smith

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E. St. Claire

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Susanne Suba

Susanne Suba (1913- ), the Hungarian-born illustrator of Sonny-Boy Sim, Dancing Star, and Homemade Year, came to Brooklyn with her American mother at the age of six. She graduated from Brooklyn Friends School and the Pratt Institute. Several books which Suba illustrated were named among the Fifty Best Books of the Year and won Spring Book Festival Awards, including Movie Shoes, Lottie's Valentines and A Rocket.

R[ita?] H. Sutton

No information found.

Jean (Bertolli) Tamburine

Jean Tamburine (1930- ) was born in Connecticut. She studied at the Art Students League and became a designer and publisher of greeting cards, working for Norcross and Rust Craft. She illustrated more than 30 books, including How Now Brown Cow, and Almost Big Enough.

Aeline K. Thomson

No information found.

Sidney and Muriel Tillim

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Nedda Walker Tremaine

Born in Canada, Nedda Walker grew up in Massachusetts and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Massachusetts School of Art. She also studied privately in Europe. In addition to illustration, she was also a portrait painter. Walker wrote and illustrated In the Beginning, Marie Antoinette: Daughter of an Empress and numerous other juvenile works.

Lynd Ward and May McNeer

May McNeer (1902-1994), was a short story and newspaper writer and the author of historical children's stories. Her titles include The Story of the Southern Highlands, The Story of California, The Story of Florida, and many others, all illustrated by her former husband, Lynd Ward. Ward (1905-1985), was a graphic artist and illustrator of books for children and adults. His woodcut novels of the 1930s used only pictures to examine the social and artistic issues of the Depression. The couple won the 1975 Regina Medal and Ward was the recipient of the 1969 Rutgers Award, the 1973 University of Southern Mississippi Silver Medallion for his body of work. The Biggest Bear, a wordless picture book, was the 1953 Caldecott Medal recipient and America's Ethan Allan was named a Caldecott honor book.

Nedda Walker

see Nedda Walker Tremaine

Dr. and Mrs. McIver Woody

Regina Jones Woody (1894- ), was a professional dancer as Nila Devi, a vaudeville headliner, and a writing teacher at New York University. As a writer, she contributed stories and articles to magazines. Woody won the 1965 Author Award from the New Jersey Association of English Teachers. She married McIver Woody, medical director for Esso Standard Oil in 1918.

Taro Yashima and Family

Taro Yashima (1908-1994) is the pseudonym for Jun Atsushi Iwamatsu, a Japanese-born author and illustrator of Seashore Story, Crow Boy, and Umbrella, all Caldecott honor books, as well as numerous other books. He married Tomoe Iwamatsu (her pseudonym was Mitsu Yashima) and was director of the Yashima Art Institute in Los Angeles. He won the Child Study Committee Award in 1956 and the University of Southern Mississippi Silver Medallion in 1974.

Margaret and Gene Zion

Margaret Bloy Graham (1920- ) was born in Canada and graduated from the University of Toronto. She also studied at the Art Students League. Graham was a free-lance illustrator for Vogue, Glamour, Town & Country, House and Garden, Seventeen and other national publications. Gene Zion (1913-1975) was a graduate of the Pratt institute and studied at the New School. He worked in advertising, as a designer for Esquire Publications, in the CBS art department and for Conde Nast Publications, eventually becoming a free-lance designer and art director. The two collaborated, he writing and she illustrating, for All Falling Down; Harry, the Dirty Dog; The Plant Sitter and other children's titles. All Falling Down was a 1952 Caldecott honor book and the pair was perhaps best known for the Harry the dog books.



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