Berta and Elmer Hader’s career as authors/book illustrators began with an illustrator’s contest sponsored by Macmillan in the late 1920s. Louise Seaman had arranged the contest because she wanted to create a Happy Hour series. Berta and Elmer won the contest with their illustrations of The Ugly Duckling. The Happy Hour series had them illustrating Hansel & Gretel, The Little Red Hen, and others. Their book writing and illustrating career was launched.
They truly worked together passing the same piece back and forth between them. Their prolific career lasted more than forty years. Most of their titles were printed in many different languages which brings their total number of books printed to well over 100.
Elmer also illustrated dust jackets, including four of John Steinbeck’s (Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, The Long Valley and Winter of Our Discontent).
These are selected examples of the Haders' books. Each one links to a record in our catalog with more information. For a complete list of all the Haders' books in our library, please see this list from our catalog.