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1930s and 1940s
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1938

Fanfare, selected from the books of 1938
From the March-April 1939 issue of The Horn Book Magazine

Picture Story Books
The Forest Pool
written and illustrated by Laura Adams Armer (Longmans)
The Five Chinese Brothers written by Claire Huchet Bishop, illustrated by Kurt Wiese (Coward)
Andy and the Lion written and illustrated by James Daugherty (Viking)
The Three Policemen written and illustrated by William Pène du Bois (Viking)
Mei Li written and illustrated by Thomas Handforth (Doubleday)
Hide and Go Seek written and illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop (Macmillan)
Yinka-Tu the Yak written by Alice Alison Lide, illustrated by Kurt Wiese (Viking)
The Cautious Carp and Other Fables in Pictures written and illustrated by Nicholas Radlov (Coward)
Buttons written by Tom Robinson, illustrated by Peggy Bacon (Viking)
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss (Vanguard)

Stories for Younger Children
Nino written and illustrated by Valenti Angelo (Viking)
Mr. Popper’s Penguins written by Richard and Florence Atwater, illustrated by Robert Lawson (Little)
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright (Farrar)
Sarah’s Idea written by Doris Gates, illustrated by Marjorie Torrey (Viking)
The Cottage at Bantry Bay by Hilda Van Stockum (Viking)

Folk and Fairy Tales
East of the Sun and West of the Moon written by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire, adapted from the Dasent Translation of the Collection of Asbjörnsen and Moe (Viking)
The Magic Spear and Other Stories of China’s Famous Heroes written by Louise Crane, decorations by Ching Chih Yee, illustrated by Yench ’ i Tiao T’u (Random)
Martin Pippin in the Daisy-Field written by Eleanor Farjeon, illustrated by Isobel and John Morton-Sale (Stokes)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs written and illustrated by Wanda Gág (Coward)
Tales of Poindi written by Jean Mariotti, translated by Esther Averill, illustrated by F. Rojankovsky (Domino)
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkein (Houghton)
The Song of Roland translated by Merriam Sherwood, illustrated by Edith Emerson (Longmans)

History and Biography
Leader by Destiny, Washington, Man and Patriot written by Jeanette Eaton, illustrated by Jack Manly Rosé (Harcourt)
Seventy Stories of the Old Testament compiled by Helen Slocum Estabrook from stories selected from the King James version, illustrated with reproductions from the woodcuts of Dürer, Hans Holbein the Younger, Hans Sebald Beham and other artists of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries (Bradford Press, Portland, Maine)
Windows on the World written by Kenneth Miller Gould, illustrations and charts by Omar Pancoast Goslin and Delos Blackmar (Stackpole)
Penn written by Elizabeth Janet Gray, illustrated by George Gillette Whitney (Viking)
The Young Brontës written by Mary Louise Jarden, illustrated by Helen Sewell (Viking)
Never to Die, The Egyptians in Their Own Words, selected and arranged with commentary by Josephine Mayer and Tom Prideaux, illustrated with reproductions (Viking)
Stradivari, the violin-maker, translated from the Russian of Helen Tinyanova, re-written in English by Charles Angoff, illustrated by Harrie Wood (Knopf)

Stories
Painted Saints, by Lucy Embury, illustrated by Guy Alexander (Viking)
Jerry of Seven-Mile Creek by Elmer Ferris, illustrated by Thomas Fogarty (Doubleday)
At the Sign of the Golden Compass by Eric P. Kelly, illustrated by Raymond Lufkin (Macmillan)
Shuttered Windows by Florence Crannell Means, illustrated by Armstrong Sperry (Houghton)
We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea by Arthur Ransome (Macmillan)
Rifles for Washington written by Elsie Singmaster, illustrated by Frank Schoonover (Houghton)
Lion Boy, a Story of East Africa, by Alden G. Stevens, illustrated by E. A. Watson (Stokes)
The Iron Duke by John R. Tunis, illustrated by Johann Bull (Harcourt)
The Far Distant Oxus by Katherine Hull and Pamela Whitlock, illustrated by Pamela Whitlock (Cape) Without pictures (Macmillan)

1939

Fanfare, selected from the books of 1939
From the March/April 1940 issue of The Horn Book Magazine

Picture Story Books
Madeline
written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans (Simon and Schuster)
Animals of American History illustrated by Paul Bransom, written by Helen Dean Fish (Stokes)
Lucio and His Nuong, A Tale Of The Philippine Islands written and illustrated by Lucy Herndon Crocket (Holt)
I Am a Pueblo Indian Girl written by E-Yeh-Shure (Blue Corn), illustrated by native Indian artists (Morrow)
The Ageless Story written by St. Luke, illustrated by Lauren Ford (Dodd)
Little Toot written and illustrated by Hardie Gramatky (Putnam)
Where Did Your Garden Grow written by Jannette May Lucas, illustrated by Helene Carter (Lippincott)
The Story of Kattor written by Georgia Travers, illustrated by Flavia Gág (Coward)

Stories for Younger Children
An Ear for Uncle Emil written by E. R. Gaggin, illustrated by Kate Seredy (Viking)
Five Bushel Farm written by Elizabeth Coatsworth, illustrated by Helen Sewell (Macmillan)
Francie On The Run by Hilda van Stockum (Viking)
Kobi written by Mary Buff and Conrad Buff, illustrated by Conrad Buff (Viking)
Skippack School written and illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli (Doubleday)

Folk And Fairy Tales
The Little Mermaid written by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop (Macmillan)
The Seven Voyages of Sindbad The Sailor from the Arabian Nights entertainments, illustrated by Philip Reed (Holiday)
Terrence O'Hara written by Thomas Burns, illustrated by Reginald Birch (Harcourt)
Padre Porko written by Robert Davis, illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg (Holiday)
Cinders written by Katharine Gibson, illustrated by Vera Bock (Longmans)
The Happy Flute written by Sant Ram MandaI, illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop (Stokes)

History and Biography
Enchanting Jenny Lind written by Laura Benét, illustrated by George G. Whitney (Dodd)
Daniel Boone written and illustrated by James Daugherty (Viking)
Drina, England’s Young Victoria by Marion W. Flexner (Coward)
Columbus Sails written and illustrated by C. Walter Hodges (Coward)
Runner of the Mountain Tops written by Mabel L. Robinson, illustrated by Lynd Ward (Random)

Stories
Other People’s Houses by Margery Bianco (Viking)
Jo-Yo’s Idea written by Kathleen Morrow Elliot, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin (Knopf)
Saranga the Pygmy written by Attilio Gatti, illustrated by Kurt Wiese (Scribner)
Ben and Me. A New and Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin as Written by His Good Mouse Amos lately discovered, edited and illustrated by Robert Lawson (Little)
Wooden Saddles written by Marion Lay, illustrated by Addison Burbank (Morrow)
Ocean-Born Mary written and illustrated by Lois Lenski (Stokes)
Boy with a Pack written by Stephen W. Meader, illustrated by Edward Shenton (Harcourt)
Runaway Prentice written by Ethel Parton, illustrated by Margaret Platt (Viking)
The Singing Tree written and illustrated by Kate Seredy (Viking)
Circus Shoes written by Noel Streatfeild, illustrated by Richard Floethe (Random)
The Silver Fawn written by Ann Weil, illustrated by E. Leon (Bobbs)
By the Shores of Silver Lake written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illustrated by Helen Sewell and Mildred Boyle (Harper)

1940

Fanfare, selected from the books of 1940
From the March/April 1941 issue of The Horn Book Magazine

Picture Story Books
They Were Strong and Good
by Robert Lawson (Viking)
Animals Everywhere written and illustrated by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (Doubleday)
The Great Geppy written and illustrated by William Pène du Bois (Viking)
The Story of Colette illustrated by Françoise (Scribner)
The Tale of the Whitefoot Mouse written and illustrated by Henry B. Kane (Knopf)
Presents for Lupe written and illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop (Macmillan)

Stories for Younger Children
Thee, Hannah! written and illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli (Doubleday)
The Sea Is All Around written and illustrated by Elizabeth Enright (Farrar)
Jock’s Castle written by Katharine Gibson, illustrated by Vera Bock (Longmans)
Maminka’s Children written and illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones (Macmillan)
A Cat of Paris written by Eleanor Hoffmann, illustrated by Zhenya Gay (Stokes)
Sinfi and the Little Gypsy Goat written by Chesley Kahmann, illustrated by F. Luis Mora (Random)

Folk, Fairy Tales and Myth
Animal Stories chosen, arranged and in some part rewritten by Walter de la Mare, illustrated with seventeenth century wood cuts (Scribner)
Where the Winds Never Blew and the Cocks Never Crew written by Padraic Colum, illustrated by Richard Bennett (Macmillan)
Heroes of the Kalevala, Finland’s Saga written by Babette Deutsch, illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg (Messner)
The Fatapoufs and Thinifers written by André Maurois, translated by Rosemary Benét, illustrated by Jean Bruller (Holt)
The Little Black Hen written by Eileen O’Faolain, illustrated by Aldren A. Watson (Random)
Peter and the Wolf written by Serge Prokofieff, illustrated by Warren Chappell

Stories
Happy Times in Czechoslovakia written by Libuska Bartusek, illustrated by Yarka Burés (Knopf)
The Fair American written by Elizabeth Coatsworth, illustrated by Helen Sewell (Macmillan)
Last Clash of Claymores written by Maribelle Cormack and William P. Alexander, illustrated by Norman Price (Appleton-Century)
A Book for Jennifer, Astory of London children in the eighteenth century and of Mr. Newbery’s Juvenile Library written by Alice Dalgliesh, illustrated by Katherine Milhous (Scribner)
Blue Willow written by Doris Gates, illustrated by Paul Lantz (Viking)
Smoky House written by Elizabeth Goudge, illustrated by Richard Floethe (Coward)
Michel’s Island written by Mabel Leigh Hunt, illustrated by Kate Seredy (Stokes)
Lassie Come-Home written by Eric Knight, illustrated by Marguerite Kirmse (Winston)
Call of the Mountain written by Cornelia Meigs, illustrated by James Daugherty (Little)
The Year of Jubilo written by Ruth Sawyer, illustrated by Edward Shenton (Viking)
The White Isle written by Caroline Dale Snedeker, illustrated by Fritz Kredel (Doubleday)
Tumbledown Dick: All People and No Plot written by Howard Spring, illustrated by Steven Spurrier (Viking)
The Long Winter written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illustrated by Helen Sewell and Mildred Boyle (Harper)

Animal Life
Children of the Sea written and illustrated by Wilfrid S. Bronson (Harcourt)
Animals Nobody Knows written and illustrated by Ivan T. Sanderson (Viking)

Biography, History, Books
Introducing Charles Dickens written by May Lamberton Becker, illustrated by Oscar Ogg (Dodd)
Spice on the Wind written by Irmengarde Eberle, illustrated by Richard Jones (Holiday)
Nansen written by Anna Gertrude Hall, illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff (Viking)
Wings for Words written by Douglas C. McMurtrie, illustrated by Edward A. Wilson (Rand)
The Little History of the United States by Mable Pyne (Houghton)
Reading with Children by Anne Thaxter Eaton (Viking)

1942 to 1945: No Fanfare lists were published in these years.

1946

Honor List, selected from the books of 1945
From the July 1946 issue of The Horn Book Magazine

American Emperor written by Rose Brown, illustrated by C. B. Falls (Viking)
Bhimsa the Dancing Bear written by Christine Weston, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin (Scribner)
Clear the Track for Michael’s Magic Train written and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin (Macmillan)
Climbing Our Family Tree written by Alex Novikoff, illustrated by John English (International)
Daniel Boone written by Esther Averill, illustrated by F. Rojankovsky (Harper)
Donkey for the King written by Olive Price, decorations by Valenti Angelo (Whittlesey)
Echo of a Cry written and illustrated by Mai-Mai Sze (Harcourt)
First Whisper of “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame (Lippincott)
Gulf Stream written by Ruth Brindze, illustrated by Helene Carter (Vanguard)
Henry’s Lincoln written by Louise A. Neyhart, illustrated by Charles Banks Wilson (Holiday)
Ilenka written by Lee Kingman, illustrated by Arnold Edwin Bare (Houghton)
Koos the Hottentot written by Josef Marais, illustrated by Henry Stahlhut (Knopf)
Little Red Engine Gets a Name written by Diana Ross, illustrated by Lewitt-Him (Transatlantic Arts)
Little Boat Boy written by Jean Bothwell, illustrated by Margaret Ayer (Harcourt)
Little People in a Big Country by Norma Kohn (Oxford)
Melindy’s Medal written by Georgene Faulkner and John Becker, illustrated by Elton C. Fox (Messner)
My Mother Is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World written by Becky Reyher, illustrated by Ruth Gannett (Howell)
Necessary Nellie written and illustrated by Charlotte Baker (Coward)
New Found World written by Katherine B. Shippen, illustrated by C. B. Falls (Viking)
Plain Princess written by Phyllis McGinley, illustrated by Helen Stone (Lippincott)
Prayer for Little Things written by Eleanor Farjeon, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones (Houghton)
Reunion in Poland written by Jean Karsavina, illustratead by Lynd Ward (International)
Rock Crystal written by Aldabert Stifter, illustrated by Josef Scharl (Pantheon)
Rooster Crows written and illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham (Macmillan)
Russian Fairy Tales translated by Norbert Guiterman, illustrated by A. Alexeieff (Pantheon)
Sandy by Elizabeth Janet Gray (Viking)
Sibby Botherbox written by Mabel Leigh Hunt, illustrated by Marjory Collison (Lippincott)
Sing Mother Goose edited by Opal Wheeler, illustrated by Marjorie Torrey (Dutton)
Strawberry Girl written and illustrated by Lois Lenski (Lippincott)
This Is the Christmas by Ruth Sawyer (Horn Book)
Wildcat Furs to China written by Carl Carmer, illustrated by Elizabeth Black Carmer (Knopf)
Wind Island written and illustrated by Hedwig Collin (Viking)
Within the Circle written by Evelyn Stefansson, maps by Richard Edes Harrison (Scribner)
You Can Write Chinese written and illustrated by Kurt Wiese (Viking)

1947

Honor List, selected from the books of 1946
From the July 1947 issue of The Horn Book Magazine

America’s Paul Revere written by Esther Forbes, illustrated by Lynd Ward (Houghton)
The Avion My Uncle Flew written by Cyrus Fisher, illustrated by Richard Floethe (Appleton)
Big Tree written and illustrated by Mary and Conrad Buff (Viking)
The Biggety Chameleon written by Edith Pope, illustrated by Dorothy Grider (Scribner)
Blue Ridge Billy written and illustrated by Lois Lenski (Lippincott)
Boats on the River written and illustrated by Marjorie Flack (Viking)
Bright April written and illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli (Doubleday)
Great Day in the Morning written by Florence Crannell Means, illustrated by Helen Blair (Houghton)
Harriett written by Charles McKinley, Jr., illustrated by William Penè du Bois (Viking)
The Hidden Treasure of Glaston written by Eleanore M. Jewett, illustrated by Frederick T. Chapman (Viking)
The Little Carousel written and illustrated by Marcia Brown (Scribner)
The Little Island written by Golden MacDonald, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard (Doubleday)
The Magic Shop written by Maurice Dolbier, illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg (Random)
Miss Hickory written by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, illustrated by Ruth Gannett (Viking)
My Dog Rinty written by Ellen Tarry and Marie Hall Ets, illustrated by Alexander and Alexandra Alland (Viking)
Oceans in the Sky written by Vera Edelstadt, illustrated by Louis Bunin (Knopf)
Paji written by Esther Kiviat, illustrated by Harold Price (Whittlesey)
Pedro, the Angel of Olvera Street written and illustrated by Leo Politi (Scribner)
Pocahontas written and illustrated by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (Doubleday)
The Rain Forest written and illustrated by Armstrong Sperry (Macmillan)
The Rooster Crows by Maud and Miska Petersham (Macmillan)
The Runaway Soldier written by Fruma Gottschalk, illustrated by Simon Lissim (Knopf)
South American Zoo written by Victor W. von Hagen, illustrated by Francis Lee Jacques (Messner)
Star Mountain written by Camilla Campbell, illustrated by Ena McKinney (Whittlesey)
The Sword and the Scythe written by Jay Williams, illustrated by Edouard Sandor (Oxford)
The Tale of Beatrix Potter by Margaret Lane (Warne)
The Tale of the Wild Goose written and illustrated by Henry B. Kane (Knopf)
Thomas Jefferson written by Frank and Cortelle Hutchins, illustrated by Janice Holland (Longmans)
Timothy Turtle written by Al Graham, illustrated by Tony Palazzo (Robert Welch)
Vagabonds All written by E. K. Seth-Smith, illustrated by Anne Vaughan (Houghton)
Volcano written by Tom Galt, illustrated by Ralph Ray (Scribner)
The Wonderful Year written by Nancy Barnes, illustrated by Kate Seredy (Messner)
The Woodland Book written by Elmer Ransom, illustrated by Sabra Mallett (Howell)

1948

Fanfare, selected from the books of 1947
From the July/August 1948 issue of The Horn Book Magazine

Picture Story Books
Stone Soup written and illustrated by Marcia Brown (Scribners)
A French A B C written and illustrated by Francine Legrand Dauphin (Coward)
Roger and the Fox written by Lavinia Davis, illustrated by Hildegard Woodward (Doubleday)
White Snow Bright Snow written by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin (Lothrop)

Folk and Fairy Tales
The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot written by Catherine Besterman, illustrated by Warren Chappell (Bobbs)
The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily written and illustrated by Dino Buzzati (Pantheon)
The Cow-Tail Switch written by Harold Courlander and George Herzog, illustrated by Madge Lee Chastain (Holt)
The Enchanted Eve written by Madeleine Ley, illustrated by Edy Legrand (Howell)

Legend
By His Own Might written by Dorothy Hosford, illustrated by Laszlo Matulay (Holt)
Song of Robin Hood edited by Anne Malcolmson, illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton (Houghton)

History and Biography
David Livingstone Foe of Darkness written by Jeanette Eaton, illustrated by Ralph Ray (Morrow)
Augustus Caesar’s World written and illustrated by Genevieve Foster (Scribners)
Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin written by Marguerite Henry, illustrated by Wesley Dennis (Bobbs)
The Great Heritage written by Katherine B. Shippen, illustrated by C. B. Falls (Viking)
North Star Shining written by Hildegarde Hoyt Swift, illustrated by Lynd Ward (Morrow)
Joseph, The King James Version of a Well-Loved Tale arranged by Elizabeth Yates, illustrated with wood engravings by Nora S. Unwin (Knopf)

Art
Discovering Design written by Marion Downer, illustrated with photographs (Lothrop)

Stories
Pancakes-Paris written by Claire Huchet Bishop, illustrated by Georges Schreiber (Viking)
The Twenty-One Balloons written and illustrated by William Pène du Bois (Viking)
The Secret of the Porcelain Fish written by Margery Evernden, illustrated by Thomas Handforth (Random)
The Little White Horse written by Elizabeth Goudge, illustrated by C. Walter Hodges (Coward)
Misty of Chincoteague written by Marguerite Henry, illustrated by Wesley Dennis (Rand)
Judy’s Journey written and illustrated by Lois Lenski (Lippincott)
Chin Ling, the Chinese Cricket written and illustrated by Alison Stilwell (Macmillan)
Li Lun, Lad of Courage written by Carolyn Treffinger, illustrated by Kurt Wiese (Abingdon)

1949

Fanfare, selected from the books of 1948
From the July/August 1949 issue of The Horn Book Magazine

Picture Story Books
Cocolo written and illustrated by Bettina (Harper)
The Big Snow written and illustrated by Berta and Elmer Hader (Macmillan)
Seabird written and illustrated by Holling Clancy Holling (Houghton)
Blueberries for Sal written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey (Viking)
All Around the Town written by Phyllis McGinley, illustrated by Helen Stone (Lippincott)
Juanita written and illustrated by Leo Politi (Scribner)
Pelican Here, Pelican There written and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard (Scribner)
Fish in the Air written and illustrated by Kurt Wiese (Viking)

Poetry and Folk Tales
An Inheritance of Poetry compiled by Gladys Adshead and Annis Duff, illustrated by Nora S. Unwin (Houghton)
Grandfather Tales collected by Richard Chase, illustrated by Berkeley Williams, Jr. (Houghton)

History and Biography
Story of the Negro written by Arna Bontemps, illustrated by Raymond Lufkin (Knopf)
Judith of France written by Margaret Leighton, illustrated by Henry C. Pitz (Houghton)
In Norway written by Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen, illustrated by Eyvind Earle (Viking)

Stars
The Stars in Our Heaven written by Peter Lum, illustrated by Anne Marie Jauss (Pantheon)

Stories
Playtime in Cherry Street written and illustrated by Pamela Bianco (Oxford)
That Girl of Pierre’s written by Robert Davis, illustrated by Lloyd Lózes Goff (Holiday)
My Father’s Dragon written by Ruth Stiles Gannett, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (Random)
Vulpes the Red Fox written by John L. George and Jean George, illustrated by Jean George (Dutton)
The Dolls’ House written by Rumer Godden, illustrated by Dana Saintsbury (Viking)
King of the Wind written by Marguerite Henry, illustrated by Wesley Dennis (Rand)
Daughter of the Mountains written by Louise Rankin, illustrated by Kurt Wiese (Viking)
The Chestry Oak written and illustrated by Kate Seredy (Viking)


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