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Ethel L. Heins

Ethel L. Heins, American children's literature consultant, critic. Recipient citation Rutgers University Graduate School Library and Information Science, 1979, Hope s. Dean Memorial award for the promotion of appreciation and knowledge of children's literature, 1991.


  • Heins, Ethel L. was born on April 9, 1918 in New York City. Daughter of H. H. and Rose (M.) Yaskin.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Douglass College, 1938. Postgraduate, Harvard Graduate School Education, 1964. Doctorate (honorary), Simmons College, 1985.


    • Children's librarian New York City Public Library, 1938-1943, Boston Public Library, 1955-1962. Instructional materials specialist Lexington (Massachusetts) Public Schools, 1962-1974. Editor The Horn Book Magazine, Boston, 1974-1985.

      Consultant children's literature. Retired adjunct professor Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature. Lecturer United States and abroad.

      Book reviewer The Horn Book Magazine, 1963-1991. Member United States Board on Books for Young People. United States member jury of Biennale Illustrated Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, 1989.


    • Author: (with others) Innocence and Experience: Essays on Children's Literature, 1987, Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books, 1986. Author: The Cat and the Cook and Other Fables of Krylov, 1995. Contributing author: Writers for Children, 1988.

      Advisor, contributing author: Twentieth-Century Children's Writers, 1989. Associate editor: The Oxford Illustrated History of Children's Literature, 1995. Contributor articles to publications including Education Today, The Horn Book Magazine, Harvard magazine.


    Member Douglass Society for Alumnae of Distinguished Achievement. Member American Library Association, New England Library Association, New England Round Table of Children's Librarians, Children's Literature New England, Inc. (board directors), Foundation for Children's Books (advisory board).


    • Married Paul Heins, June 27, 1943. Children: Peter S., Margery E.
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    Born April 9, 1918
    • 1938
      Douglass College
    • 1964
      Harvard Graduate School Education
    • 1985
      Simmons College
    • 1938 - 1943
      Children's librarian New York City Public Library
    • 1955 - 1962
      Children's librarian New York City Public Library
    • 1962 - 1974
      instructional materials specialist, Lexington (Massachusetts) Public Schools
    • 1974 - 1985
      editor The Horn Book Magazine
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States