Monday, April 5, 2010

Louise Seaman Bechtel

It's Monday--Picture Books Past. Louise Seaman Bechtel began the first children's book department at an American publishing company. From 1919 to 1934 she headed that department at Macmillan and contributed considerably to the growth of the field. She was also an author, book reviewer, children's book collector, and dachshund lover. Read a biographical piece on her here, at Vassar, where a great deal of her papers are housed. Or on Wikipedia here. An award given by the ALA is named for her here. (It's a fellowship at the Baldwin Library of the University of Florida which we highlighted here.) A picture of her is here. Louise was one of the pioneers in the field of children's book publishing, so it's nice to know about her, don't you think? And here's a book about that world of early publishing.

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