In today’s Special Edition of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, you’ll meet the man behind Make Way for Ducklings. Robert McCloskey was the first to win two Caldecott Awards, and his books are arguably among the most celebrated picture books of all time.

His most popular picture book wouldn’t stay on the page, either. His ducks became permanent sculptures fixed in Boston Public Garden, and even made a way for international diplomacy as part of the START Treaty between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. in 1991.

A picture book is a powerful piece of art.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • what it was like having Robert McCloskey for a Dad
  • one of the hardest parts of his life as a successful artist
  • what his picture books gave the world

Think you love Make Way for Ducklings? Just wait till you meet the man who wrote them onto the page.

Listener Guide

Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

01:22Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
06:31Let’s meet Robert McCloskey
11:18Bob goes to New York
15:44The fame was hard for him. So hard.
20:10Jane McCloskey remembers her dad
21:32Nancy Schön’s sculptures in Boston Public Garden
29:16What was he like?
31:24‘I just forgot to fill it in.’
34:27 The affirming nature of Bob’s books
37:27Take a farewell look…

Don't Miss these Books by Robert McCloskey:
Homer Price

Homer Price

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

This collection of six tales follows Homer Price, resident of Centerburg, U.S.A. Follow Homer around town as he mans his uncle’s lunch counter (and his fancy new doughnut-making machine), builds radios and even catches a gang of robbers.

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Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Sal goes blueberry picking with mama, but it turns out a mama bear and baby bear had the same idea. Wait - will the right babies go home with the right mamas?

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Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Another classic from Robert McCloskey! Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are searching for the perfect place to raise their family. Will they find a place to call home?

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One Morning in Maine

One Morning in Maine

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Robert McCloskey is perhaps one of the greatest children's book authors/illustrators we've ever known. This story is especially perfect for any child who has recently lost a tooth!

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Time of Wonder (Picture Puffins)

Time of Wonder (Picture Puffins)

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Winner of the Caldecott Medal! For fans of Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Make way for Ducklings."Out on the islands that poke their rocky shores above the waters of Penobscot Bay, you can watch the time of the world go by, from minute to minute, hour to hour, from day to day . . ."...

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Make Way for McCloskey: A Robert McCloskey Treasury

Make Way for McCloskey: A Robert McCloskey Treasury

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

From those famous ducklings to Homer Price's delicious donuts, generations of children have grown up delighting in the timeless stories of Robert McCloskey. Here, for the first time, all of his published works--Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, Lentil, Time of Wonder, One Morning in Maine, Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man, Homer Price and Centerburg Tales--are brought together.

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Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man

Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Whenever Burt Dow, who lives in a snug little house on the Maine coast, sets out to sea, his pet giggling gull goes along. But this time, it will take all his might and some plain old ingenuity to save him and the gull from a raging storm.

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Lentil

Lentil

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Young Lentil wants to learn to sing, but no matter how hard he tries he can’t sing on key, so Lentil learns to play the harmonica instead. When Old Sneep stops the welcoming parade in its tracks, Lentil’s music turns out to be just what the city of Alto needs.

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