I believe that children in this country need a more robust literary diet than they are getting…. I will never talk down to, or draw down to, children.

Barbara Cooney

Barbara Cooney (born August 6, 1917) was a prolific children’s book author and illustrator who won the prestigious Caldecott Medal—twice—during her long career. Among her best-known works are Miss Rumphius, Ox-Cart Man, Chanticleer and the Fox, Island Boy, and Hattie and the Wild Waves. She traveled extensively for research, visiting Mexico, Finland, France, Spain, Ireland, Haiti, and other locales to get the look and landscape just right.


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