Ruth Krauss isn’t as well-known today as Margaret Wise Brown, her contemporary and fellow member of the Writer’s Laboratory at the Bank Street School in New York City. But like Brown, Krauss — the author of A Hole Is to Dig and other acclaimed books — helped to change permanently the direction of children’s literature. A review of her recently reissued The Backward Day (New York Review, 2007) will appear soon on this site.
Also coming soon to the “Classic Picture Books Every Child Should Read” series: Jeff Brown’s modern classic about a boy who is different, Flat Stanley. Jan Harayda will review both the original picture-book edition with art by Tomi Ungerer and the newer chapter-book version with pictures by Scott Nash.
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