Tag Archives: Esther Hershenhorn

The top half of the tree mural at the AWM

The Who, Why and What of Those AWM Squirrels

Writers are Readers, yes? So those 32 squirrels reading away inside the AWM’s Children’s Literature Gallery’s north wall mural are right at home, especially since each is reading a landmark American children’s book. The museum’s founder, Malcolm O’Hagan, earnestly believed the American Writers Museum must honor and thus include American children’s literature. The preeminent children’s […]

Our Story Begins edited by Elissa Brent Weissman

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time… Four little words that, from childhood on, signal the start of a story. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, though, they start a writer’s story too. Once upon a time there was a boy or a girl who…fell in love with letters and the sounds of words or heart-grabbing stories or pens and […]

Statue of Dorothy in the Oz Park, Chicago

Somewhere, Over Lake Michigan!

Mention L. Frank Baum’s THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ and instantly you think of Dorothy and Toto, of Kansas and “home,” of ruby red slippers and the Wicked Witch of the West.  There’s that ne’er-do-well wizard and that yellow brick road, too, and Dorothy’s trio of singular friends. What you’d likely never think of is […]

A Chicago Gift Named Shel

How might you answer if asked, “Who was Shel Silverstein?” Just who was that bald and bearded one-of-a-kind creative beloved by generations of readers? an award-winning children’s book author a poet a cartoonist an award-winning song writer a performer a recording artist an accomplished playwright all of the above Not to worry if the correct […]