Here and Now Story Book

Here and Now Story Book by Lucy Sprague Mitchell cover, yellow background with sketch of city skyline

Cover of Here and Now Story Book 

By Lucy Sprague Mitchell,  E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc. , 1921

Here and Now Story Book

Written by Lucy Sprague Mitchell

Illustrated by Hendrik Willem van Loon

New York, E.P. Dutton & Co., 1928

Originally published 1921

5.5" x 7.75"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

Part manifesto, part model for a new approach to writing for preschoolers, this volume by the founder of the Bank Street College of Education became a hotly debated bestseller upon its publication. Mitchell argued that the fairy tales then favored by librarians confused young children, who naturally craved stories about their own here-and-now world, skyscraper cities and all. Mitchell staked her claim on years of direct observation of children at the Bank Street School. Librarians retorted that literature was an art, not a science. While the library viewpoint remained dominant for years to come, Mitchell's provocation inspired Margaret Wise Brown, Ruth Krauss, and others to take the picture book in exciting new directions.


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