Boston Public Library
Margret and H.A. Rey
Children's Services
First Floor, Johnson Building, Central Library
617-536-2328


 

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Who are Margret and H.A. Rey, and why is the Children's Room in the Central Library named after them?

Margret and H.A. Rey created the world's most famous monkey, Curious George.  Through their cherished children's books, the Reys brought to life for thousands of youngsters the antics of one little monkey and his protector, "the man in the yellow hat."

While living in Paris the Reys merged their talents: Margret as the writer and H.A. as the illustrator, to create their first children's book, Cecily G and the Nine Monkeys, one of which was Curious George.  In 1940 they fled the Nazis in Paris, riding bicycles and taking only their manuscripts.  Among those manuscripts was Curious George.  In the fall of that same year, the Curious George series was officially born when the Reys made their way to New York City and signed a contract with the Houghton Mifflin Company.

After living and working in Greenwich Village for twenty-three years, Margret and H.A. settled in Cambridge, MA, where they continued to create books for children.  The Reys' literary endeavors spanned over 50 years and remain popular among children and adults.  With over 20 million copies in 12 languages in print, the Curious George series has become a wonderful testament to the timelessness of books and how the joys of reading can connect a world.

In her later years, Margret Rey became a great supporter and friend of the Boston Public Library, generously donating funds for children's needs throughout the library system.  Her support allows for substantial improvements in youth programming and children's area furnishings throughout the 24 inner city neighborhood branch libraries.

The Margret and H.A. Rey Children's Room stands as a lasting tribute to the Reys' contributions toward the enrichment of children, literacy, and the Boston Public Library.