Betsy Ray on Murmuring Lake. Illustration by Vera Neville; copyright HarperCollins

Betsy Ray on Murmuring Lake. Illustration by Vera Neville; copyright HarperCollins

 

Maryland author Mary Downing Hahn has won this year's Maud Hart Lovelace award for her children's book, "Deep and Dark and Dangerous." Hahn has been a children's writer for more than 30 years and has twice before won the Lovelace award, which is presented by the Minnesota Youth Reading Association, a group of librarians and teachers.

The award is named for Maud Hart Lovelace, who wrote the beloved Betsy-Tacy series that was set in Mankato in the early 1900s. (And if you didn't grow up on those books, can you consider yourself a true Minnesotan?) It is given every year on April 25, Lovelace's birthday.

 

Mary Downing Hahn

Mary Downing Hahn

 Hahn, a former librarian, once said that she gained courage to write by reading to her daughters. You can read a Q&A with her here.