Kids Who Love Books: Children’s Book Week 2014

May 12-18, 2014 is Children’s Book Week!

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.   As children were among photographer J.B. Hostetler’s favorite subjects and books one of his favorite props, we thought we would commemorate it’s 95th anniversary, by posting some photographs of both of them together.

Bertha & Edward Schmidt, jr. Photograph taken by J. B. Hostetler ca. 1917.

Edward Schmidt, Jr. puzzles out a word for his mother, Bertha.  Photograph taken by J. B. Hostetler ca. 1917.

Charles Curtis Towle, son of Charles B. and Lucy Boney Towle. Photograph taken by J. B. Hostetler ca. 1910.

Charles Curtis Towle and his mother Lucy Boney Towle, laugh over a book (c. 1910).

Catherine Marshall, daughter of W. H. Marshall. Photograph taken by J. B. Hostetler ca. 1910.

A studious-looking Catherine Marshall, daughter of W. H. Marshall, had her photograph taken around 1910.

Elizabeth A. Crossett, daughter of Edward C. and Elizabeth Crossett. Photograph taken by J. B. Hostetler ca. 1910

Elizabeth A. Crossett shows her book to Mr. Hostetler, who took her photo around 1910, while her mother (we assume) looked fondly on.  Miss Crossett is the  daughter of Edward C. and Elizabeth Crossett.

This could be either Katherine or Alice, daughter of Burton F. Peek. Photo taken by J. B. Hostetler ca. 1910.

The little girl in this circa 1910 photograph could be either Katherine or Alice, daughter of Burton F. Peek, but her friend’s name is unknown.

Mrs. Theo Hartz with daughters Hildegarde and Emma. Photo taken by J. B. Hostetler ca. 1905.

Mrs. Theo Hartz with daughters Hildegarde and Emma, only one of whom is paying attention to the story (c. 1905),

Marie Kahl, daughter of Henry C. and Elizabeth Kahl. Photo taken by J. B. Hostetler ca. 1910.

Marie Kahl, daughter of Henry C. and Elizabeth Kahl, enjoys a good book, and the shade from her hair bow (c. 1910)

All of these photos, and others, may be found in the Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive.

Happy reading!

(posted by Cristina)

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2 Responses to Kids Who Love Books: Children’s Book Week 2014

  1. Karen Schebler says:

    What charming photos. Just beautiful. Think of all the time it took to get the clothing pressed to perfection and the hair of the women and girls done just right.

    Amazing!

    Karen Schebler

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