Children's Book Reading



  • The Grace Museum (map)
  • 102 Cypress Street
  • Abilene, TX, 79601
  • United States

The Children’s Museum is a beloved space of many patrons of The Grace Museum. Although used mostly as a learning and discovery space, the Children’s Museum plans to be a space for education. Readings are held for families on the famous mini-Paramount stage, with an art activity in the children’s diner after. This month’s featured book is The Little Island written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Once there was a little island in the ocean. That little island changes as the seasons come and go. The storm and the day and night change it. So do the lobsters and seals and gulls that stop by. Then one day a kitten visits the little island and learns a secret that every child will enjoy.

About the Author

Margaret Wise Brown, (born May 23, 1910, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.—diedNovember 13, 1952, Nice, France) prolific American writer of children’s literature whose books, many of them classics, continue to engage generations of children and their parents.

Brown attended Hollins College (now Hollins University) in Roanoke, Virginia, where she earned a B.A. in 1932. After further work at the Writers Laboratory of the Bureau of Educational Experiments, she took a job as an editor of children’s books in New York City. Encouraged by publisher William R. Scott, she began to try her hand at writing children’s books.

Her books were so successful that in 1941 she left Scott’s employ to concentrate full-time on writing, sometimes completing five or more children’s titles a year. In addition to publishing books under her own name, she used the pen names Timothy Hay, Golden MacDonald, and (in collaboration with Edith Thacher Hurd, another leading author) Juniper Sage. Her works, which ultimately ran to more than 100 titles, were illustrated by Clement Hurd and others. They include such classics as The Runaway Bunny (1942) and Goodnight Moon (1947).