Thursday, September 27, 2018

Happy Birthday, Bernard Waber

                                               United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for                                               the Book, the Children’s Book Council, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the Yorkville Community School PTA, designated Yorkville Community School in New York City a Literary Landmark in honor of Bernard Waber.    

Author/illustrator Bernard Waber would have been 94 years old today.  He wrote and illustrated the Lyle, Lyle Crocodile series  and a total of 33 books for children.  He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enjoyed drawing as a child and took art classes in school.  After a year in college where he majored in finance, his education was interrupted by World War II.  During his time in the army, he got interested again in drawing and painting.


After the war Waber attended the Philadelphia College of Art. He and his wife moved to New York after he graduated, where he started a career as a commercial artist.  Their family expanded to include three children. When his children were small, he spent evenings after work and on the weekends writing his books.

 

His first illustrated book was published in 1954.  The House on East 88th Street, published in 1962, introduced children to a most lovable character, Lyle the Crocodile. Children aged 4-8 have enjoyed all 8 books in this series for decades.  He introduced us to a little friend, Ira, who slept over and said goodbye, in two different books.

 

Waber's most recent book was Courage was written following the attacks on 9-11.  It takes about all kinds of courage we should celebrate in our lives.

 Take time to dig out some of these old favorites to share with your students and your own children.

 

 

 

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