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The Legacy of Ursula Nordstrom

9780064462358You probably enjoyed Charlotte’s Web or Harriet the Spy at one point in your life. But do you know who edited those great kid’s books?

After covering the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Summer Conference last weekend, I caught up with the New York Public Library’s Youth Materials Collections Specialist Betsy Bird and Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blogger Julie Danielson, co-authors of the brand new book, Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature (co-written with Peter Sieruta).

Q: Could you tell us more about the life and work of the great children’s book editor Ursula Nordstrom? What are some of the books you recommend from this great editor?

Betsy Bird: ”Ursula’s list begins to resemble nothing so much as a Who’s Who in children’s literature after a while. She had this crazy sense of humor that went well with her ability to spot potential children’s literature talent.

I mean, seriously, who would have looked at Shel Silverstein‘s rather explicit cartoons in Playboy and thought ‘There’s the man that children everywhere will love!?’”

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Harriet the Spy Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary With Art Exhibition

coverLouise Fitzhugh’s classic children’s book Harriet the Spy turns 50 this year and to celebrate The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is hosting an exhibit.

The Amherst, Massachusetts-based museum will be showcasing original art from the book from May 20 through November 30, 2014. The exhibition, which is currently on display at The Forbes Galleries in New York through May 3rd, includes original illustrations from the books Harriet the Spy, as well as the sequel The Long Secret. The exhibit will also showcase a watercolor painting of Harriet’s favorite tomato sandwich, as well as letters between Fitzhugh and her publisher Ursula Nordstrom at Harper Collins.

Random House Children’s Books released a 50th anniversary edition of Harriet the Spy on February 25th to celebrate as well.