Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Happy Birthday, Marcia Brown

On July 13, 1918, a little girl was born in Rochester, New York. She loved to read and early on decided to be an artist when she grew up.  In 1940 when she graduated with a B.A. in English and drama, she began teaching high school in Cornwall, New York.  Then in 1943 she took a position in the Central Children's Room of the New York Public Library.   

She published her first book, The Little Carousel, in 1946. Brown’s 1947 classic, Stone Soup, and her 1951 Dick Whittington and His Cat both garnered Caldecott Honor Medals.  Her childhood love of fairy tales lead to the writing of her Caldecott-winning book, Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper, in 1954.   She won the award twice more with Once a Mouse (1961) and Shadow (1982). 

Marcia Brown wrote and/or illustrated more than 30 books over the course of her career and won a number of awards, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1992 for her contributions to children’s literature.
Working on Woodcuts
Marcia Painting

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