Born in 1894, Louise Bechtel attended college at both Vassar and Yale. In
1919 she became the head of the newly formed children's department of
Macmillan Company. This was the first separate department devoted
exclusively to the publication of children's books, and it is largely
because of her success that children's book publishing became a popular
and profitable industry. She was a teacher, critic, author, radio
personality, and editor of both children's books and of the Horn Book
Magazine during the course of her life. Louise Bechtel died in 1985.