Drawn Together--the Biography of Berta and Elmer Hader.

My latest book is a biography about Berta and Elmer Hader, Caldecott winning author/illustrators of the 20th century, entitled Drawn Together in Art, Love, and Friendships; The Biography of Caldecott Award-winning Authors Berta and Elmer Hader. Their work is represented in tall he major children book collections. Mary Margaret McBride, the Oprah of the 1930s, once said, “When I tell people about the Haders, they think they’re a figment of my imagination.” Their humor and creativity led to lifelong friendships with their editors and other luminaries: Imogen Cunningham, Bessie Beatty, Rose Wilder Lane, and Katherine Anne Porter. Their everyday lives exemplify the timeless themes of love, respect, hard work, passion for art and nature, and active conservation. Click on the Drawn Together tab for more about these wonderful people.

They were happily married, were surrounded by talented friends who helped them build their own house on a hill, and visited them every weekend. They fought to save their neighborhood from demolition, and adapted to the myriad changes in publishing and in life.  I wish I had known them both, but reading their letters to and from editors and friends was the next best thing. Actually, finishing the book left me feeling a bit adrift, but now that I am shifting into the promo mode, I am revisiting them once again.

I hope you will feel that way, too. 

This book is published by Concordia University Publishing, 2016.

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