Literary Landmark: Syd Hoff home
Miami Beach, Fla.
Dedicated: Feb. 10, 2013
Partner: Florida Center for the Book
The Miami Beach, Fla., home of children’s book author and cartoonist Syd Hoff was designated a Literary Landmark. Hoff (1912-2004) created “Danny and the Dinosaur,” “Sammy the Seal” and more than 60 HarperCollins I CAN READ books for children. More than a dozen are still in print. The Bronx-born Hoff also published more than 500 cartoons in The New Yorker, as well as for King Features Syndicate, The Saturday Evening Post and more. Hoff’s publishers also include Scholastic and Dial Press. He lived at his home in Miami Beach from 1957 to 2001.
Carol Edmonston, Hoff’s niece and creator of the official Syd Hoff website, www.sydhoff.org, was among those who spoke at the dedication ceremony. In culmination of Hoff’s 2012 centennial, the exhibition “Syd Hoff: Finding Home,” curated by journalist Dina Weinstein, was on view at Temple Beth Shalom in Miami Beach from Feb. 4-11, 2013.