A must-have for Riley enthusiasts everywhere, this classic book has been faithfully reproduced for Indiana's state bicentennial. Now with an introduction by lifelong Riley enthusiast and former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf, this charming book contains 39 of James Whitcomb Riley's signature poems, including Old Aunt Mary's, Little Orphant Annie, and The Raggedy Man. Graced by ted Brown County artist Will Vawter's illustrations of such poems as The Nine Goblins, The Circus Day Parade, and Barefoot, Hungry, Lean Ornery Boys, this book offers a look at how childhood was lived a century ago. First produced in 1890, Riley Child-Rhymes with Hoosier Pictures recalls simpler times gone by.
James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) was a best-selling American writer and poet. Known as the Children's Poet, he is author of several collections, including The Old Swimmin' Hole, Pipes o' Pan at Zekesbury, and Home Folks. Will Vawter (1871-1941) was an artist, illustrator, and frequent collaborator with James Whitcomb Riley. Norbert Krapf, Indiana Poet Laureate (2008-2010), is Emeritus Professor of English at Long Island University. He is author of Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet's Journal of Healing, American Dreams: Reveries and Revisitations, and Songs in Sepia and Black and White (IUP, 2012).