Nuggets from Time’s 1956 survey of Kidlit

This 1956 Time article has some GREAT stuff in it! Read it yourself or try these highlights:

Whatever is wrong—or right—with children’s books is mainly the responsibility of go-odd [60-odd?] editors, only a dozen of whom are men. A literary agent who has worked long in this field says that “with a few possible exceptions, all of them are slightly nuts.”

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Since the librarians control the bulk of institutional book buying in the U.S., and some publishers count on school and public libraries to buy as much as 80% of their children’s books, the danger is that juvenile stories may be written for the approval of librarians, not children.

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James Thurber: “The trouble is, everyone thinks he can write a children’s book.”

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Dr. Seuss (rhymes with deuce) is the …

Surely that was the last time anyone had to be told how to pronouce the doctor’s name!

 

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