Monday, October 5, 2009

Virginia Lee Burton

It's Monday--Picture Books Past. Virginia Lee Burton was born 100 years ago this year. She wrote and illustrated seven books, the first of which, Choo Choo, was published in 1937. The second, the beloved, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, came out in 1939. There's a biographic DVD called, "Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place" available from Weston Woods (which is part of Scholastic.) Try to find it in your public library system. Here is the website for the show. In this article, in Publisher's Weekly, read about Houghton Mifflin's effects to keep Burton's books selling decades after they were created. See some of her work here from an exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. And below, have fun watching a real old time steam shovel. No wonder kids still love to read about these great pieces of machinery, like Mary Anne (one of Burton's several strong female characters.)


SandyS said...

Our exhibition on Virginia Lee Burton's work is over I'm sorry to say. It was very popular. Please come to The Eric Carle Museum to see other beautiful picture book art. We have Tomie dePaola, Pooh and Eric Carle featured now - and have a Golden Books exhibit coming soon. Visit for more information.

Andrea Zimmerman said...

Thank you, Sandy, for clarifying that. For those of us who missed the exhibit in person, it is great to have the virtual exhibit still available to enjoy. Thank you. We'd all love to visit the Eric Carle Museum. I know I plan to get there someday!

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