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Mary Ann Hoberman Papers

Identifier: 2005-0168

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains materials related to children's book author Mary Ann Hoberman. Included in the collection are books, including her own publications, as well as those from other authors. In addition to books the collection is comprised of news clippings, correspondence, manuscripts, financial records, awards, photographs, conference documents, travel itineraries, promotional materials, school correspondence, Books for Young Readers magazines, email correspondence, drawings, artwork, CDs (2) calendars (handmade), drawings from children, thank you letters, writing guides (teachers manual), correspondence with magazines, various poets' work, nature and science, fliers, a National Book Foundation award, poetry by children, children's thank you cards and inspired work, revisions on poetry, Harcourt magazines, and the poem "The Tree that Time Built."


  • 1961-2010


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Mary Ann Hoberman was born on August 12, 1930 in Stamford, Connecticut to Dorothy Miller and Milton Freedman. She attended Stamford public schools, where she wrote for her school newspapers and edited her high school yearbook. In 1951 she received a B.A. in history from Smith College, and later that year married her husband, Norman Hoberman. In 1986 she received an M.A. in English from Yale University.

Hoberman has taught writing and literature from the elementary through the college level. She co-founded and performed with both "The Pocket People," a children's theatre group, and "Women's Voices," a group giving dramatized poetry readings. Although Hoberman did not write her first book until 1957, her interest in writing children's stories began when she was only five years old. And since the publication of her first book, All My Shoes Come in Two's, her primary occupation has been writing children's books. Her books have received a National Book Award, a Society of School Librarians International Best Book award, a National Parenting Publications Award gold medal, and the 2003 Poetry for Children Award of the National Council of Teachers of English. In 2008 she was named the Children's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation.

As a critically acclaimed author of over forty books for children, including A House is a House for Me, Hoberman seeks to help her readers never forget what it felt like to be a child. Hoberman has authored numerous children's books since 1957, and has recently began to branch out and write novels. The Hoberman's have lived in Greenwich, Connecticut for over fifty years in a house designed by Norman Hoberman.


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The collection consists of materials related to children's author Mary Ann Hoberman. The recipient of numerous awards for her children's books and poetry. The materials include her and other authors books, manuscripts, original artwork, poetry, and various administrative records.

Provenance and Acquisition

The records were donated to the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center in 2005 by Mary Ann Hoberman.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to children's literature and associated artwork. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Separated materials

The following titles associated with this collection have been cataloged:

Sunshine Dodd CLC D6752

Mary Ann Hoberman Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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