Beatrice Schenk de Regniers papers


Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection
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De Regniers, Beatrice Schenk
Beatrice Schenk de Regniers papers
Date [inclusive]
0.42 Linear feet
The collection consists of dummies, correspondence, manuscripts, outlines, sketches, research notes, drafts, galley proofs, and typescripts by the children's book author and editor Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (1914-2000), for her books The Little Girl and Her Mother (1963), May I Bring a Friend? (1964), The Abe Lincoln Joke Book (1965), and Willy O'Dwyer Jumped in the Fire (1968).
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[Description and date of item], [Box and folder number], Beatrice Schenk de Regniers papers,1961-1968, Free Library of Philadelphia, Children’s Literature Research Collection.

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (nee Freedman) was born on August 16, 1914 in Lafayette, Indiana. After attending the University of Illinois, de Regniers briefly worked as a social worker and then a copywriter. In 1961, de Regniers joined Scholastic as the editor of Lucky Book Club, where she remained until her retirement in 1981.

De Regniers's first book, The Giant Story (1953) was illustrated by Maurice Sendak and her most enduring book, May I Bring a Friend? (1964) received the Caldecott Medal for Beni Montresor’s illustrations. De Regniers adapted a number of classic stories, including Red Riding Hood (1972) and Jack and the Beanstalk (1985). She also wrote picture books in verse, which in addition to May I Bring a Friend? included the Sendak-illustrated What Can You Do With a Shoe? (1955) and three cat-themed poetry books. De Regniers published more than fifty books, including ten under the pseudonym Tamara Kitt. She died in Washington, D.C., on March 1, 2000.


“Beatrice Schenk (Freedman) de Regniers.” Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2003.

Something About the Author, vol. 68.

This collection consists of materials for four books written by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, including The Little Girl and Her Mother, Willy O'Dwyer Jumped in the Fire, May I Bring a Friend?, and The Abe Lincoln Joke Book. It includes dummies, correspondence, manuscripts outlines, sketches, research notes, drafts, galley proofs, and typescripts.

The collection consists mainly of written materials for the published works. A few dummies and manuscript outlines contain very basic graphite sketches by de Regniers.

This collection is arranged alphabetically in four series: I. The Abe Lincoln Joke Book; II. The Little Girl and Her Mother; III. May I Bring a Friend?; and IV. Willy O'Dwyer Jumped in the Fire.

Within each series, items are arranged in order of probable creation. Correspondence between de Regniers and her publishers and illustrators is grouped with the title to which it pertains.

Publication Information:

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection

Finding Aid Author:

Finding aid prepared by Lindsay Friedman


The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open to researchers by appointment. Please contact the Curator for information on access.

Use Restrictions:

The right of access to material does not imply the right of publication. Permission for reprinting, reproduction, or extensive quotation from the rare books, manuscripts, prints, or drawings must be obtained through written application, stating the use to be made of the material. The reader bears the responsibility for any possible infringement of copyright laws in the publication of such material. A reproduction fee will be charged if the material is to be reproduced in a commercial publication. Some of the materials in this collection may be too fragile for use without the Curator’s supervision.

  • Correspondence
  • Dummies (printed matter)
  • Galley proofs
  • Manuscripts
  • Outlines (documents)
  • Research notes
  • Sketches
  • Typescripts
Personal Name(s)
  • Cummings, William Lahey
  • Gilman, Esther
  • Montresor, Beni
  • Children's authors--20th century
  • Children's literature--20th century
  • Illustrated children's books--20th century
  Date Box Folder
The Abe Lincoln Joke Book 1965
Research notes circa 1960-1965 1
Manuscript outline 1964 1
Dummy and manuscript outline, 66 pages 1964 1
First draft of introduction, corrected typescript 1964 1
Draft, revised typescript 25 December 1964 1
Correspondence regarding editing and production of The Abe Lincoln Joke Book 1965 1
The Little Girl and Her Mother 1963
Manuscript outline circa 1961-1963 1
Draft, corrected typescript 2 June 1963 1
Correspondence regarding submission, editing, and production of The Little Girl and Her Mother 1961-1963 1
May I Bring a Friend? 1964
Manuscript outline circa 1962 1
Draft, corrected typescript 1962 December 1
Corrected galley proofs circa 1962-1964 1
Correspondence regarding contracts, production, and the published book for May I Bring a Friend? 1961-1967 1
Willy O'Dwyer Jumped in the Fire 1968
Large dummy, 46 pages circa 1968 1
Medium dummy, 10 pages circa 1968 1
Small dummy, 42 pages circa 1968 1
Final draft, revised typescript 1968 1
Corrected galley proofs 1968 1
Summary for Junior Literary Guild, corrected typescript
The summary for the Junior Literary Guild outlines de Regniers's work on Willy O'Dwyer Jumped in the Fire with illustrator Beni Montresor.
1968 1

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