Thank You Russell Hoban (1925-2011)

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When I read that author Russell Hoban had died this week I was flooded with memories of searching for the Frances books at the library, hoping that at least one copy remained for me to check out. Hoban wrote more than 50 books for children and I'm willing to bet that most of you have one in your home library.

Probably best remembered for the Frances books which began with Bedtime for Frances, you may also be familiar with The Brute Family and Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas (adapted by Jim Henson into one of my favorite holiday movies).

Many of Hoban's children's books are still in print (including all of the Frances books) and worth buying or borrowing from the library. You can read more about his life in the New York Times obituary or this article in Publishers Weekly (in which he reveals that it was Garth Williams, illustrator of Bedtime for Frances, who made her a badger).

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.