E. Boyd Smith

While perusing the digital collections of the Brooklyn Public Library under the Brooklyn Collection, I came across a beautiful section dedicated to children’s books in general. It is called “What Shall We Read to the Children: Treasures from the Hunt Collection of Children’s Literature” and spotlights the tremendous contributions of two extraordinary people. The first was Clara Whitehill Hunt who became the Superintendant of Work with Children at the Brooklyn Public Library in 1903. She wanted American publishers to produce quality picture books for the children of the United States. As a result of her efforts she was instrumental in enabling readers to appreciate the work of Elmer Boyd Smith. He was a preeminent illustrator and author who resided in Wilton. Look at his The Railroad Book to get an idea of his genius.

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