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Elmer Hader

Author, Illustrator

(1889 - 1973)

Elmer Hader

Elmer Stanley Hader (September 7, 1889 - September 7, 1973) and his wife Berta jointly illustrated more than 70 children’s books, about half of which they also wrote. They won the annual Caldecott Medal for The Big Snow (1948), recognizing the year’s “most distinguished American picture book for children”.



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Adventures of Theodore Roosevelt (1928)

A biography of the rough rider president.

Author(s): Edwin Emerson
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Baby Bear (1930)

Bimba the baby bear wanders off in search of honey, but finds a hungry tiger instead.

Author(s): Hamilton Williamson
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Ballad Makin’ in the Mountains of Kentucky (1939)

Kentucky ballads, many with music.

Author(s): Walter Kob
Jean Thomas
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Banana Tree House (1938)

A story of children living in Bermuda.

Author(s): Phillis Garrard
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Berta and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art (2013)

An artistic biography of two prominent children’s book authors and illustrators.

Author(s): Joy Hoerner Rich
Karen Tolley
John M. Waller
Judy Waller
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Berta and Elmer Hader’s Picture Book of Mother Goose (1930)

A collection of Mother Goose rhymes, songs, games and lullabies, many with music.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Berta and Elmer Hader’s Picture Book of Mother Goose (2014)

A collection of Mother Goose rhymes, songs, games and lullabies, many with music. The plates were redone for this third edition.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Berta and Elmer Hader’s Picture Book of the States (1932)

A picture geography of the forty-eight states.

1932

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Big City (1947)

The story of life in New York City as it grows from an Indian settlement.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Big Fellow at Work (1930)

The story of a power shovel, from its construction to its days of digging holes and loading coal.

Author(s): Dorothy Walker Baruch
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Big Snow (1948)

The woodland animals were all getting ready for the winter. Geese flew south, rabbits and deer grew thick warm coats, and the raccoons and chipmunks lay down for a long winter nap. It was a sure sign that the big snow was on its way. The authors feature in this winter story.

1949

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Billy Butter: The Tale of a Little Brown Goat (1936)

The little goat is rescued from the butcher’s shop and becomes a familiar pet on the top of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Bingo is My Name (1931)

Bingo is a dog who makes friends with Prince (a Pomeranian) and defends him from the local bully.

Author(s): Anne Stoddard
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Bright Avenues (1928)

Nineteen year old Christine comes to San Francisco to seek her fortune during the roaring 20’s.

Author(s): Josephine Bentham
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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The Cat and the Kitten (1940)

Minnie’s kittens find homes with nearby families, but Timmy stays with her and has a winter adventure.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Charm (1927)

A book on an elusive topic by a radio and TV personality, better know for her cookbooks.

Author(s): Mary Margaret McBride
Alexander Williams
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Chicken Little and The Little Half Chick (1927)

The familiar story of Chicken-Little’s mission to tell the king the sky is falling, along with the story of how the cock got on the weather vane.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Chicken Little and The Little Half Chick (1990)

The familiar story of Chicken-Little’s mission to tell the King the sky is falling, along with the story of how the cock got on the weather vane.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Chuck-a-Luck and His Reindeer (1933)

An Eskimo boy and his pet reindeer travel to New York to appear with Santa at a department store.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Cock-a-Doodle Doo (1939)

In this case it’s a rooster raised by a duck in a familiar story.

1940

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Cricket: The Story of a Little Circus Pony (1938)

The story of a little pony who performs in the circus.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Ding Dong Bell, Pussy’s In the Well (1957)

Tiger finds a home, and a fortune.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Don Coyote (1927)

A western novel about a shy cowboy who saves the heroine's father’s mine.

Author(s): Whitman Chambers
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Donald in Numberland (1927)

A trip to Numberland helps Donald with his math.

Author(s): Jean Murdoch Peedie
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Down Ryton Water (1941)

An account of the Pilgrims’ voyage to America, from the point of view of a young boy.

1942
1942

Author(s): E. R. Gaggin
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Drawn Together … In Art … In Love … In Friendships (2016)

A dual biography of the author-illustrators.

Author(s): Sybilla A. Cook
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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East of Eden (1952)

A dynastic novel set in the Salinas Valley of California, considered by the author his magnum opus.

Author(s): John Steinbeck
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Everyday Fun (1935)

An elementary school reader.

Author(s): Julia Letheld Hahn
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Farmer (1937)

A picture book about farming, and a visit to the State Fair.

Author(s): Henry Bolles Lent
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Farmer in the Dell (1931)

A look at life on the farm in the olden days.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Friendly Phoebe (1953)

A couple find a baby phoebe in their yard and raise it ‘by hand’ until it is ready to fly away on its own.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Garden of the Lost Key (1929)

A mystery story.

Author(s): Forrestine Cooper Hooker
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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The Ghostland: A Novel (1940)

The story of a family that moved to a farm in the Ozarks just before the depression, and fought it out.

Author(s): Fred Rothermell
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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A Good Little Dog (1930)

Bingo, a wire-haired fox terrier, is jealous of Betty and Bob’s rag doll, Matilda. But when danger threatens, he comes through.

Author(s): Anne Stoddard
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

After the boom times of World War I and the roaring twenties, the farm population was not ready for the hard times of the 1930’s. And many in the Oklahoma dust bowl picked up and made for the promised land of California.

Author(s): John Steinbeck
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Green and Gold: The Story of the Banana (1936)

The amazing story of how the banana became America’s favorite fruit.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Hansel and Gretel (1927)

Lost in the woods, two children come upon a gingerbread house.

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Jacob Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Hansel and Gretel (1990)

Two children lost in the forest come upon a cottage made of gingerbread.

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Jacob Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Here, Bingo! (1932)

This is the third book in the Bingo series.

Author(s): Anne Stoddard
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Home is Here (1941)

The story of an Italian American family in San Francisco.

Author(s): Sidney Meller
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Home on the Range (1955)

Jerry goes out West to be a cowboy, and swaps places with his friend Little Bear to see what it would be like to be an Indian.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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How Dear to My Heart (1940)

A biography of growing up in Missouri, by the popular journalist and radio host.

Author(s): Mary Margaret McBride
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Humpy: Son of the Sands (1937)

The story of a baby camel who travels to an oasis and saves a traveler’s life.

Author(s): Hamilton Williamson
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Isle of Que (1948)

In this story set along the Susquehanna River, a flood alters the lives of the Yoder family.

Author(s): Elsie Singmaster
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Jamaica Johnny (1935)

Johnny Morgan lives on the Island of Jamaica in the Caribbean.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Jimmy the Groceryman (1934)

An elementary school reader designed to give children information on how the world works.

Author(s): Jane Miller
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Lion Cub: A Jungle Tale (1931)

The story of Leo, a lion cub.

Author(s): Hamilton Williamson
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Lions and Tigers and Elephants Too (1930)

Polly visits the zoo and converses with the animals in rhyming couplets.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Little Antelope: An Indian for a Day (1962)

Johnny visits the American Museum of Natural History and imagines what it would be like to be an Indian in the olden days.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Little Appaloosa (1949)

Ben lives on a ranch out west and receives an Appaloosa pony of his own to raise, train and ride.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Little Chip of Willow Hill (1958)

The adventures of a chipmunk set down by the Haders.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Little Elephant (1930)

Jimmy the elephant’s mother teaches him what he needs to know to grow up to be a lord of the jungle.

Author(s): Hamilton Williamson
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Little Red Hen (1928)

The little red hen plants some wheat and invites her neighbors to help her grow the grain to make some bread … but they have better things to do until …

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Little Red Hen (1990)

The little red hen plants some wheat and invites her neighbors to help her make it into flour to bake a cake, but they have better things to do … until …

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Little Stone House (1944)

The author/artists tell the story of how they built themselves a house in the woods from the native stone and timber.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Little Tootsies Paper Dolls (1990)

A collection of paper dolls that were originally drawn for magazine publication.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Little Town (1941)

A pictorial presentation of life in small town America.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Little White Foot (1952)

The story of a field mouse and the little stone house.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Long Valley (1938)

A baker’s dozen short stories by the Nobel laureate

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Author(s): John Steinbeck
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Lost in the Zoo (1951)

John Henry gets lost on a visit to the zoo, can you help find him?

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Love in the Sun (1940)

A young man and his wife rough it on the Cornish coast as he works on his novel.

Author(s): Leo Walmsley
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Márcos, a Mountain Boy of Mexico (1937)

Marcos sets out to seek his fortune.

1937

Author(s): Melicent Humason Lee
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Midget and Bridget (1934)

The story of two donkeys traveling south of the Rio Grande.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Mighty Hunter (1943)

The mighty hunter skips school to go hunting, but an encounter with a bear makes him decide that he should work on his education.

1944

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Mister Billy’s Gun (1960)

Mr. Billy decides there is more than one way to keep the wild creatures from eating him out of house and garden.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Monk of Hambleton (1928)

Detective Peter Creighton gets caught up in a mystery after a strike at a tannery.

Author(s): Armstrong Livingston
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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A Monkey Tale (1929)

The little monkey is on the lookout for danger, and uses his loud cry to alert the animals of the jungle when it threatens.

Author(s): Hamilton Williamson
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Mr. Peck’s Pets (1947)

Mr. Peck rescues animals in distress and adds them to his household.

Author(s): Louise H. Seaman
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Mutiny Island (1928)

The captain and crew of the Splendid Dawn are marooned on Mutiny Island after they are captured by tender-hearted pirates.

Author(s): Charles M. Bennett
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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The Old Woman and the Crooked Sixpence (1928)

An old woman ask some passers-by to help get her pig over the stile.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Perilous Night (1942)

A novel of the Revolutionary War.

Author(s): Burke Boyce
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Picture Book of Mother Goose (1994)

A collection of nursery rhymes, songs and games.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Picture Book of Travel (1928)

The story of how we get from here to there.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Play-Book of Words (1933)

A vocabulary-building book. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): Prescott Lecky
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Quack-Quack: The Story of a Little Wild Duck (1961)

Quack-Quack loses his way while flying over the ocean, and a little girl helps him find his way back home.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Rainbow’s End (1945)

Toby Tubbs, ship’s carpenter, and his cat Blackie are shipwrecked, and decide to settle down and build a house on the shore.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Reading for Fun (1939)

An elementary school reader.

Author(s): Julia Letheld Hahn
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Dorothy Handsaker

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Reindeer Trail (1959)

The story of how Laplanders brought their herds of tame reindeer to succor the natives of Alaska.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Runaways: A Tale of the Woodlands (1956)

The woodland animals move to new homes when the bulldozers arrive.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Skyrocket (1946)

Roger stows away for a trip around the world on the mail rocket.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Smiths and Rusty (1936)

A family has adventures with its cocker spaniel.

Author(s): Alice Dalgliesh
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Snow in the City: A Winter’s Tale (1963)

Paul and Pamela enjoy winter in the big city.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Sonny Elephant: A Jungle Tale (1930)

An Indian elephant goes to the edge of the forest to find out more about this creature, man.

Author(s): Madge A. Bigham
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Sonny Elephant: A Jungle Tale (1942)

This second edition has fewer pages and fewer illustrations to this story of an Indian elephant whose curiosity takes him to the edge of the forest to find out more about this creature, man.

Author(s): Madge A. Bigham
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Spunky: The Story of a Shetland Pony (1933)

Spunky leaves his home in the Shetland Islands to come to America where he works in a circus, then ends up giving rides to children in a park.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Squirrely of Willow Hill (1950)

The squirrels have put away a goodly store of nuts for the winter, but they find a big banquet after a snow storm very acceptable.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Stop, Look, Listen (1936)

How to be safe on your walk to and from school.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Story of Markets (1929)

A brief history of markets, from the town square to the New York Stock Exchange.

Author(s): Ruth Orton Camp
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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The Story of Mr. Punch (1929)

A history of the Punch and Judy show.

Author(s): Octave Feuillet
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Story of Pancho and the Bull with the Crooked Tail (1942)

Pancho captures the wild bull with the crooked tail and earns the reward of a silver mounted saddle, a purse of gold, and the biggest hat in all Mexico.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Story of the Three Bears (1928)

Three bears against one little girl.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Story of the Three Bears (1990)

Three bears against one little girl.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Stripey: A Little Zebra (1939)

The adventures of a young zebra.

Author(s): Hamilton Williamson
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Timothy and the Blue Cart (1930)

Three children spend the summer on a farm in New Hampshire and make friends with the vegetable man and the horse that pulls his blue cart.

Author(s): Elinor Whitney
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Timothy Has Ideas (1943)

A cocker spaniel gets into trouble when he explores his world.

Author(s): Miriam E. Mason
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Tommy Thatcher Goes to Sea (1937)

Tommy had always wanted to go to sea on a sailing ship and at last his chance has come.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Two Is Company, Three’s a Crowd: A Wild Goose Tale (1965)

A pair of geese on their spring migration are helped by a human couple and decide to stay and raise their family.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Ugly Duckling (1927)

One of the duck’s new chicks is uncommonly ugly.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Ugly Duckling (1990)

One of the duck’s eggs hatches out an ugly chick.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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A Visit from St. Nicholas (1937)

A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Author(s): Clement C. Moore
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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A Visit from St. Nicholas (1990)

T’was the night before Christmas,
and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse.

Author(s): Clement C. Moore
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Wee Willie Winkie & Some Other Boys and Girls from Mother Goose (1990)

More nursery rhymes in a Happy Hour book.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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What’ll You Do When You Grow Up??? (1929)

Humorous verses explore possible careers.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Whiffy McMann (1933)

The story of a girl and her kitten.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Who Knows: A Little Primer (1937)

An elementary school reader.

Author(s): Julia Letheld Hahn
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Wings for the Smiths (1937)

Mr. Smith buys an airplane, learns to fly, and takes his family, including the dogs, up in the air.

Author(s): Alice Dalgliesh
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Winter of Our Discontent (1961)

Ethan Allen Hawley decides he wants to be rich, and chooses to act dishonestly to become so.

Author(s): John Steinbeck
Illustrator(s): Elmer Hader

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Wish on the Moon (1954)

The animals help Mrs. McGinty with her garden and there is enough for all.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Wonderful Locomotive (1928)

Peter takes Old 44 on her last magical transcontinental run from New York to San Francisco and back in six days.

Author(s): Cornelia Meigs
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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Working Together: The Inside Story of the Hader Books (1937)

An illustrated look at how two artists work together.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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