Monday, April 19, 2010

Frederic G. Melcher

It's Monday, Picture Books Past. If you read much about the early days of children's book publishing and the library book world in the 20th century, you come across Frederic G. Melcher. He was a book man, through and through. The ALA's ALSC, here, calls him, "a great leader in promoting better books for children." Two articles, one by his son, and one from Library Journal, give portraits of him and insight into the field of children's books, here. Among other things, he was the force behind Children's Book Week (1919), the Newbery Medal (1922), and the Caldecott Medal (1937). Quite a bit, wouldn't you say?

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