Among Hollins’ many celebrated authors, probably the most widely read is Margaret Wise Brown, a member of the class of 1932, who wrote hundreds of children’s books and stories during her brief life (she died in 1952 at age 42) but is best known for a handful of classics, including The Runaway Bunny (1942) and Goodnight Moon (1947).
Beginning June 2011, Hollins is celebrating the life and work of Margaret Wise Brown with a yearlong festival of events that are open to the public and family-friendly.
The festival’s start date coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Children’s Literature graduate program at Hollins, the 2011 conference of the Children’s Literature Association being held on the Hollins campus June 23-25, and the opening of Goodnight, Hush in the Wilson Museum. Thacher Hurd, son of Clement Hurd and one of the exhibiting artists, author and illustrator of children’s books in his own right, read to children on Saturday morning, June 25, and gave a lecture on the museum exhibit that afternoon.
The festival will culminate at Hollins’ Alumnae Reunion 2012 marking the 80th anniversary of Brown’s graduation from Hollins and the 60th anniversary of her death.
Hollins’ association with Margaret Wise Brown has grown over the years since her sister, Roberta Rauch, made a provision in her will to give Hollins the rights and royalties to a number of Brown’s books (see below) in memory of Brown and their mother, Maude Johnson Brown, also a Hollins alumna, class of 1902.
All festival events are open to the public, family friendly, and have no charge to attend, unless otherwise indicated. Visit the schedule page for new events and updates throughout the year.
Visit the schedule page for Story Hour events.
|Kids, bring your parents to the Hollins campus for a series of Saturday Morning Story Hours. Local celebrities will read such classics as Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, Big Red Barn, The Little Island, Baby Animals, and more.
Each story hour will conclude with milk and cookies and an opportunity to have your photograph taken reading a Margaret Wise Brown book for your very own READ poster and a photo gallery on the festival’s Facebook page. Hollins will supply a photographer for the READ posters and will e-mail you your poster image.
Writing for Children (PDF), by Margaret Wise Brown, Hollins alumnae magazine 1949.
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Hollins Inherits Royalties
In addition to a number of never published manuscripts, Margaret Wise Brown’s sister gave the rights and royalties to a number of Brown’s published titles to Hollins in her will. When you purchase one of these books, you benefit Hollins.
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