children’s author dies at 92 – .

Mary Ann Hoberman was a poet and National Book Award winner for her 1978 children’s book “A House Is a House for Me.” 

Mary Ann Hoberman’s legacy 

Hoberman’s first children’s book, “All My Shoes Come in Twos,” was published in 1957. She would go on to write more than 40 other books for children over the next five decades. Several were collections of poems, while others told stories or taught childhood skills in verse. Hoberman’s “You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You” series offered short stories for parents and young readers to enjoy together. Others included “The Seven Silly Eaters,” “It’s Simple, Said Simon,” and “All Kinds of Families!” In 2009, she published her only children’s novel, the semi-autobiographical “Strawberry Hill.” Her most recent book, “Away with Words!” was published in 2022; another is expected to be released in 2024. 

In addition to winning the National Book Award, Hoberman was honored with a National Outdoor Book Award for her 2001 book “Whose Garden Is It?” She also won the 2003 National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. In 2008, Hoberman was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate. 

Notable quote 

“I just get such a kick out of language. I put myself to sleep doing anagrams and palindromes and play with words.” —from an interview for Reading Rockets 

Tributes to Mary Ann Hoberman 

Full obituary: The Washington Post 

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