May Hill Arbuthnot

1884 - 1969

Librarian & Writer


May Hill 
May Hill Arbuthnot was born in Mason City, Iowa in 1884. After graduating with a master's degree in 1924 from Columbia University, she teamed with William Scott Gray to write the Curriculum Foundation Readers, or the "Dick and Jane" books. According to the American Library Association however, her greatest contribution to children' literature was her work entitled Children and Books, which was published first in 1947.

Photograph from the American Library Association -May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award

  • May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award established in her honor, 1969
Selected Works
  • Arbuthnot, May Hill. (1964). Children and Books. 3rd ed. Glenview, Illinois: Scott Foresman.
  • Miller, M. (1978). Arbuthnot, May Hill. In B.S. Wynar (ed.), Dictionary of American Library Biography (pp. 13-14). Littleton, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited.
  • 100 of the Most Important Leaders we had in the 20th Century. (1999, December). American Libraries. 30 (11), 38-48.

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