Illustrators of Children's Books, 1946-1956


"TIME. voyages in trust" -- Walt Whitman's words have been constantly in my mind as I have been reading this book first in manuscript and then in proofs, and reviewing through the pages of The Horn Book the years since January 1, 1946. Our first book on this subject -- Contemporary Illustrators of Children's Books (1930) -- grew out of the work of The Bookshop for Boys and Girls (1916-1936) and The Horn Book Magazine started in 1924. Then in 1947 still as an outgrowth of our work with The Horn Book Magazine, and with the help of Miss Louise P. Latimer, Director of Children's Work, Public Library, District of Columbia, Washington, D. C., we published the much more ambitious volume, Illustrators of Children's Books, 1744-1945. That book went back to John Newbery's time when books were first made especially for children. The joy of seeing it take beautiful form on the printed page as designed by Beulah Folmsbee has been a continuing one with the daily use this book has had.

Now comes the Supplement to the above volume, a book covering the past eleven years, going back to January 1, 1946. It is my hope that at the end of ten more years there will be a complete revision of the three books. Yes, I think that in the future revision the editors should go back and examine the 1930 volume.

With this explanation, I trust it will be plain to . . .

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Marcia Brown
  • Lynd Ward
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boston
Publication year:
  • 1958


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