Margaret Wise Brown

1910 - 1952

Author & Editor


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Margaret Wise Brown
Born on May 23, 1910, in New York, New York, Margaret Wise Brown was one of the pioneers of the concept book for preschoolers. Both her writing and editing careers were strongly influenced by the time she spent training at the Bureau of Educational Experiments (now called the Bank Street College of Education). At the Bureau, she was able to observe firsthand how children perceive the stories and pictures in picture books. Later she would share these observations with the different illustrators of her books. It was also at the Bureau that she was first introduced to publisher William R. Scott. She was hired by Scott to become a children's book editor for his publishing company. She was also a prolific writer of children's books; well over a hundred different books for children were published under her name or under one of her three pseudonyms (Timothy Hay, Golden MacDonald, and Juniper Sage). She fell ill while on vacation in France and died November 13, 1952.

Picture from WarterMark website on Margaret Wise Brown

Selected Works
  • Noisy Book, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard, W. R. Scott, 1939
  • Indoor Noisy Book, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard, W. R. Scott, 1940
  • The Runaway Bunny, illustrated by Clement Hurd, Harper, 1941
  • A Child's Good Night Book, illustrated by Clement Hurd, W. R. Scott, 1943 - Caldecott Honor Book
  • Little Lost Lamb, published under Golden MacDonald pseudonym and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard, Doubleday, Doran, 1945 - Caldecott Honor Book
  • The Little Island, published under Golden MacDonald pseudonym and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard, Doubleday, Doran, 1946 - Caldecott Medal Book
  • Little Fur Family, illustrated by Garth Williams, Harper, 1946
  • Goodnight Moon, illustrated by Jean Charlot, Harper, 1947
  • Wheel on the Chimney, illustrated by Tibor Gergely, Lippincott, 1954 - Caldecott Honor Book
Bibliography
  • Hedblad A. (1999). Brown, Margaret Wise. In Hedblad A. (Ed.), Something about the author (Vol. 100, pp.35-39). Detroit, MI: Gale Research.
  • WaterMark. Margaret Wise Brown. Retrieved May 4, 2002, from http://www.margaretwisebrown.com.

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