Virginia Haviland. A Pioneer and Leader in Youth Services By: Danielle Todd. Brief Biography. May 21, 1911 – January 6, 1988. Born in Rochester, New York BA in Math and Economics from Cornell in 1933 Worked at Boston Public Library from 1933 to 1963
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A Pioneer and Leader in Youth Services
By: Danielle Todd
May 21, 1911 – January 6, 1988
Born in Rochester, New York
BA in Math and Economics from Cornell in 1933
Worked at Boston Public Library from 1933 to 1963
Reviewer and associate editor of Horn Book from 1952 to 1963
Served on chair of the Newbery/Caldecott Award Committee from 1953-1954
President of the International Hans Christian Anderson Award jury from 1972-1974.
Head of Children’s Literature at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. from 1962 to 1981
She did all of these without ever getting a MLIS!
“The right book for the right child at the right time”.
Select best material to encourage informational growth and imaginative potential.
Service children as individuals rather than groups.
Children’s Book Reviewer
First head of Children’s Literature Center at the Library of Congress
Children’s Literature: A Guide to Reference Sources.
Child centered approach.
All books reviewed were thought of in child friendly terms.
“I do think of the children and know that to overpraise a book does them a disservice” (Smith).
16 books, each focusing on a single country
Chose language and approaches that children could easily understand.
Believed fairy tales and folk lore to be an excellent way to development the imagination of youth.
“Legitimized” this area in a public context
Tool for individuals interested in the history and study of this field
Has served as both a reference and selection tool in the history of children’s literature.
Maximized the experience of children’s literature for the child.
Helped to establish children’s literature as a valid field of study.
“For her, childhood was that stage of life to be revered and encouraged. She felt that part of this reverence could be manifested through caring about a major artifact of childhood, namely, the child’s literature” (Smith).