Posts by Adrienne P. (17)

Scott O’Dell once summed up being an author in three simple words: “Writing is hard.” As a writer of children’s historical fiction, he excelled in creating his own story… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   March 19, 2012    5

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic Life Story by Virginia Lee Burton. First published in 1962, this wonderful book tells the tale of life on Earth from the beginning to the… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   January 10, 2012   

Children’s illustrator Carolyn Haywood was a lifelong Philadelphian who generously donated her extensive collection of book manuscripts, illustrations, and personal papers to the Free… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   September 12, 2011   

For those of you not familiar with Carolyn Haywood’s books (and who didn’t read last week’s blog post ), imagine stereotypical 1950s children’s literature: safe plots,… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   June 28, 2011    1

Carolyn Haywood created a comfortable, reassuring world for young children, where the greatest dilemma any character faces is the sudden disappearance of a coveted tea set from the toy store… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   June 21, 2011   

Carolyn Haywood was a children’s book author and illustrator, many of whose original works we are proud to hold in the Children’s Literature Research Collection. Her books have… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   May 9, 2011    1

Happy 100th Birthday, Evaline Ness! Born on April 24, 1911, Ness was an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books whose glamorous life would translate well to the silver… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   April 21, 2011   

How much of an author’s own life is represented in their books? This thought occurred to me as I was working on Virginia Lee Burton’s collection, processed though a CLIR grant for… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   April 4, 2011   

Did you know that Lloyd Alexander was born on January 30, 1924 right here in Philadelphia? The celebrated children’s author published over three dozen books before he died in 2007, including… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   January 28, 2011    1

We are very happy to announce that a new exhibit featuring the work of children's book author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer has just been installed on the ground floor of the Parkway Central… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   December 14, 2010   

If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you know that we archivists are in a holiday mood. The authors whose papers we're processing also had a soft spot for Christmas. They made… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   December 9, 2010   

Not many people know about the Free Library's wonderful collection of Tomi Ungerer papers , currently being processed in the Children's Literature Reseach Collection. But since his… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   November 26, 2010    3

One of the great things about being an archivist in the grand “Age of the Internet” is how easy it is to find other archives and communicate with other archivists. This comes in handy… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   November 10, 2010   

When you look at a painting, can you tell if the paint is acrylic or tempera? When artwork in a gallery is called “mixed media,” do you start fretting about lazy cataloging? (Which… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   November 4, 2010    2

October is National Archives Month ! Many state archives have created posters like the one to the right to celebrate. And last week, you heard a little bit about our new archives project… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   October 21, 2010   

Archives assistant Celia Caust-Ellenbogen is posting on behalf of the CLIR “Milestones in 20th Century American Children’s Literature” project this week, writing about her… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   October 14, 2010    5

The Free Library’s project, “Milestones in 20th-Century American Children’s Literature,” funded by a Council on Library and Information Resources grant, got off to a… continue reading

By Adrienne P.   September 30, 2010    1