‘Iowa Stories’ Author Wins Literary Award For Children’s Book

The International Literacy Association has given Cheryl Mullenbach’s children’s book “The Industrial Revolution for Kids: The People and Technology That Changed the World, with 21 Activities,” its 2015 award for intermediate nonfiction writing.

Grant Wood Illustrates Children’s Book

In 1936 when the children’s storybook Farm on the Hill was published, most Iowans knew Grant Wood as a famous Midwestern artist who was born on a farm near Anamosa in 1891, grew up in Cedar Rapids, and gained instant fame after painting “American Gothic” in 1930, a portrait of a stern looking couple standing in front of their Gothic style wood farm house in Eldon, Iowa. People may not be as familiar with his work from this book.

High School Graduation in 1896

“As usual, this year’s class was the best in history.” The newspaper reporter who covered the Centerville High School class of 1896 must have been a cantankerous, but seasoned writer. And he certainly had attended more graduation ceremonies than he cared to in his lifetime.