Former Children

We're sometimes asked about the qualifications needed to write for children, and think Ursula Nordstrom, legendary children's book editor at Harper Brothers, said it best.

"Asked pointedly by Anne Carroll Moore, the New York Public Library's powerful superintendent of work with children, what qualified her, a nonlibrarian, nonteacher, nonparent, and noncollege graduate to publish children's books, Nordstrom just as pointedly replied, 'Well, I am a former child, and I haven't forgotten a thing.'" *

Click on the pictures to find out more about these former children:










Carole Boston Weatherford      


Frances Wood        Jacqueline K. Ogburn




















*Quoted from Dear Genuis: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom by Leonard Marcus



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