By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The arrival of artwork and children’s books created by award-winning Berta and Elmer Hader will be celebrated in a public reception from 2-4 p.m. February 23 at Concordia University’s library, 2800 N.E. Liberty St.
The materials, which also include the original art for paper dolls and shadow boxes, will be installed in the university’s Jody Thurston NW Center for Children’s Literature. The center provides resources for educators and parents seeking to inspire a love of reading in children. It houses the largest non-circulating collection of recently published children’s and young adult literature on the West Coast.
Authors of Berta and Elmer Hader: A Lifetime of Art will be signing copies of the biography. Some of the author-illustrators’ artwork is on display in the library.
The couple, who died a few years apart in the mid-1970s, was known for magazine and other illustrations for a decade before 1927 when they began working in children’s books.
Their award-winning 1949 book, The Big Snow, is still in print. It reflects their own experience in New York’s unusually deep snowfall of 1947 when they fed animals and birds around their stone house in Nyack, New York. Both began working on the West Coast but eventually moved near New York’s editors and publishing houses.
Berta Hader’s niece, Joy Hoerner Rich of Roseburg, is an author of the couple’s biography along with Karen Tolley and John and Judy Walter.
Rich and an advisory board created the non-profit Hader Connection Ltd. in 2008 to offer art education programs for children and to exhibit the Haders’ art and books. The organization selected Concordia as the home for Hader materials inherited by the niece. Some of Concordia’s materials will travel for special exhibits, said Linda Church, director of the library’s art and culture programs.