Leonard is one of the children’s-book world’s most compelling and versatile speakers. Contact him about coming to your conference, museum, library, festival, or school. A wide range of programs are available.

Programs for Adults

Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books

Golden Books revolutionized 20th-century publishing by creating high-quality children’s books that nearly every American family could afford. In this richly illustrated presentation, Leonard tells the fascinating story of the upstart visionaries who brought together top-flight authors and artists, state-of-the-art printing technology, and savvy marketing to make Golden Books one of America’s most treasured brands.

Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

This illustrated talk introduces the sly, fun-loving Victorian whose kinetic drawing style and keen feeling for life culminated in the invention of an art form the world has come to embrace: the children’s picture book. Celebrate this true original as the American Library Association marks the 80th anniversary of the coveted prize named for him: the Randolph Caldecott Medal.

Children’s Books and the Ladder of Years

In this innovative program, Leonard considers children’s literature as a unique window on child development. Focusing on core issues like the establishment of trust, the formation of peer relationships, and the consolidation of a secure self, this illustrated talk offers fresh insight into the lasting value of classics from Goodnight Moon to Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing.

Read Me a Story, Sing Me To Sleep: Choosing the Best Books for Your Child

Here, quite simply, is one-stop, hands-on guidance for any parent or caregiver faced with the daunting challenge of picking the “right” book for a child.

Storied City: Classic Children’s Books About New York

This entertaining ode to the Big Apple surveys the veritable library of children’s books that New York City has inspired. Take a closer look at memorable New York characters like Stuart Little, Lyle Crocodile, and Eloise, and at the equally colorful authors who created them.

Programs for Grade School Children

Do You See What I See? Telling Stories with Words and Pictures

What makes Where the Wild Things Are, The Stinky Cheese Man, and Goodnight Moon so special? In this informal illustrated workshop for grade-schoolers, we take a good look at each of the basic elements–story, illustrations, typography, cover image, and others—that comprise a picture book, and see just how artists and writers go about creating a book worth reading again and again.

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