Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret_Wise_BrownOn page nine of our Summer 2014 catalog you’ll find Goodnight Songs, a collection of long-lost lullabies penned by popular children’s author Margaret Wise Brown. Her books Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny are classics cherished by millions of readers, but the story behind Goodnight Songs may be the beloved writer’s most extraordinary.

A Literary Pioneer
Born in Brooklyn in 1910, Margaret Wise Brown didn’t set out to become a bestselling children’s author. In fact, she never expressed much affection for children at all, telling Life magazine,“I won’t let anybody get away with anything just because he is little.” Continue reading

The Books We Never Outgrow

BubbaandBabbaWhen my sister was a baby, she received a gift destined to become a treasured family keepsake: a hardcover first edition of Bubba and Babba, Maria Polushkin’s adaptation of a Russian folktale about two lazy bears whose idleness threatens to get the better of them. My parents read us that story so many times my sister memorized it, convincing several family friends she could read at a ridiculously tender age. (She ruined the con at a dinner party when an eagle-eyed guest noticed she turned the page too early.) To this day, that beloved—and, sadly, out-of-print—book serves as a sort of family shorthand, cheekily referenced whenever one of us oversleeps or balks at doing the dishes. Continue reading