(Houghton Mifflin, 2008)

The first-ever history of American children’s book publishing from colonial times to Harry Potter.

“In the busy barnyard of children’s literature, Leonard Marcus is Charlotte—a calm, wise soul who weaves every strand into something meaningful and useful. (He does not, as far as I know, have eight legs.)” — Daniel Handler

“A tour-de-force . . . Indispensable.” — Booklist (starred review)

New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection

“[A] lively, savvy . . . engrossing narrative.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review

“A landmark work . . . by the leading historian in this field.” — Martha Davis Beck

Children’s Literature Association Book Prize for 2008

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