Drawn Together : The Biography of Caldecott Award-winning Authors Berta and Elmer Hader
Sybilla Cook, author
Berta and Elmer Hader were prolific and popular author/illustrators during the 20th century. They worked together to create nearly 100 children’s books, winning the Caldecott Award for THE BIG SNOW, and two Caldecott runners-up. They began as artists in San Francisco, moved to the New York area after World War I, and became the center of a large group of young artists and journalists, such as Rose Wilder Lane and Katherine Ann Porter. These friends visted nearly every weekend, helping them build their own "fairy-tale” home near Nyack. Active in their community, they actually saved it from being wiped out by the Tappan Zee Bridge. Their merged talents, happy life and marriage, gift for friendships, and love for their surroundings made for successful interesting lives. Those interested in writing, illustrating and publishing children’s books will learn much about the “golden age” of children’s literature.