Growing up, my parents didn’t have the money to buy us many individual picture books, however they did purchase the Childcraft series of compilations of poetry and storytelling. I still have a few dog-earred volumes, my favorite being Poems of Early Childhood (pictured here).
I learned to read on my mother’s lap and I’m sure the images I studied so closely in these volumes made an indelible impression on my artistic sensibility.
Born February 10, 1898 in Worcester, Massachusetts. She studied art at the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and later traveled to Europe and studied in Paris. She joined a group of artists in Boston and learned about book illustration from the illustrator Marguerite Davis. Hildegard Woodward continued her training in drawing and book making and in the 1930s she moved to New York. In 1931, Hildegard Woodward illustrated her first book for children The Blue Teapot: Sandy Cove Stories by Alice Dalgliesh. During her long career, she illustrated children’s books by such well-known authors as Alice Dalgliesh and Elizabeth Coatsworth. Hildegard Woodward received Caldecott Honor Book citations for Roger and the Fox (1947) in 1948 and The Wild Birthday Cake (1949) in 1950, both written by Lavinia (Riker) Davis. Hildegard Woodward also wrote and illustrated several children’s books beginning with Everyday Children in 1935. She published her last book for children The House on Grandfather’s Hill in 1961.
Illustrators of Children’s Books: 1946-1956, pp. 201-202.
Newbery and Caldecott Medalists and Honor Book Winners: Bibliographies and Resource Material Through 1992, 2nd ed., p. 460.