RAR Special Edition Revisited: The Woman Who Gave us Miss Rumphius


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Here at Read-Aloud Revival, we’re in the thick of getting a huge project together for you. We are launching our own publishing imprint, Waxwing Books.

Our first release is a picture book, written by me, and illustrated by none other than the gorgeously talented artist, Breezy Brookshire.

It’s called A Little More Beautiful: The Story of a Garden. August 10th is the big day. That’s the day you’ll be able to pre-order the book on Kickstarter and get some pre-order exclusives, like a brand new book bag and some other goodies.

Make sure you’re on our email list so you don’t miss it!

While we get those pre-orders ready for you, we’re revisiting some Special Edition podcasts. These are my all-time favorites.

This one is fabulous to listen to as a family, so if you happen to be road tripping together, play it in the car.


I want to introduce you to a remarkable woman.

She won two Caldecott Awards, illustrated more than 100 books during her career, raised four children, and lived life with unique zest and liveliness.

You may recognize her illustrations in any of the following books, including my own favorite, Miss Rumphius, and one of her Caldecott winners, The Ox-Cart Man.

Barbara Cooney was a gift to the world, and in this special edition podcast, I want to introduce you to the woman behind these magnificent books.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • how this mother of four managed to illustrate over 100 books
  • stories about what it was like growing up with Barbara as a mother (listen in for roosters in the kitchen and mice in the car!)
  • how Barbara made sure her legacy and love for books would continue after her death in 2000

Think you love Miss Rumphius? Just wait till you meet the woman who wrote her onto the page.

You’ll love these books even more after you meet the one and only Barbara Cooney.

Listener Guide

Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

6:19Claire Danes reads Miss Rumphius
9:25Knowing beauty, sharing beauty
13:03The Ox-Cart Man – ‘so exquisite’
14:01 Roosters and mice
16:20The Blue Hornet
19:08‘An astoundingly good mother’
20:58A turquoise tunic and hot pink silk pants
22:40‘She opened my eyes to beauty in this world’
23:48 Doing something meaningful – a new library
25:36Barbara Cooney’s legacy lives on …

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Quotes to remember:

“Barbara vowed never to talk down to children, and she achieved that. Her books respect children as full persons with a wide range of emotions and dreams and troubles. ” – Sarah Mackenzie

“I looked at it and said to her … you better think where to put the medal, because it was so exquisite. I thought, Oh my goodness, this is going to blow everything else out of the water. And it did.” – Regina Hayes, Editor at Large, Viking

“She opened my eyes to beauty in this world.” – Barnaby Porter (Barbara’s oldest son)

“Anytime you see a book with Barbara Cooney’s name on the cover, whether that be at your library, a bookstore, a used book shop, or a garage sale, snap it up. You’ll be glad you did. She was a gift to many, and she continues to be a gift to us all through the books on our children’s shelves.” – Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah’s favorite books by Barbara Cooney:

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