Rereading "B" is for Betsy by Carolyn Haywood
In this episode, Mary Grace and Deborah celebrate the beginning of a new school year by rereading "B" is for Betsy,, Carolyn Haywood's 1939 novel about a little girl navigating the complicated world of first grade. It was the first in a long series of books about Betsy and her friends. This was the first book that Mary Grace remembers checking out of the library and reading.
You can find the twelve books in the Betsy series on Goodreads here. As Deborah mentions, Haywood also wrote several other series, including one about a boy named Eddie and one about a boy named Penny. You can find these series on Goodreads here (Eddie) and here (Penny).
Here's what Mary Grace wrote on her blog about rereading Dorothy Canfield Fisher's Understood Betsy (it's #7 on the list).
Haywood's New York Times obituary, from January 12, 1990, which, as Mary Grace mentions, erroneously says that "B" is for Betsy was Haywood's first book, is here.
The Free Library of Philadelphia blog post about Haywood's relationship with artist Violet Oakley and the group of women artists in Philadelphia who were known as the Red Rose Girls is here.
Here's the Free Library of Philadelphia blog post titled "Carolyn Haywood: All Sugar, No Spice."
The Free Library of Philadelphia blog post about an unpublished novel about a boy whose father is in jail for selling heroin that was found in Haywood's papers is here.
Podcast website at rereadingourchildhood.com