Launched in the fall of 1952, just as New York was becoming the art and design capital of the world, the Times awards were America's first international prize for children's book illustration. Taking a closer look at the books from the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America that the Times has [...]
Wilder biographer Caroline Fraser reflects on the changing meaning of children's books from past generations, and on how best to deal with books that strike readers today as historically ignorant, culturally tone-deaf, or worse.
One of children's book publishing's most vibrant genres--the picture book biography--will be explored in depth at NYU in this free morning-long symposium that is open to all. On Friday April 13th, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The new Disney film based on Madeleine L'Engle's best-loved novel has led fans back to the book itself and to the question of just who was the author who so deftly intertwined elements of science fiction, spirituality, fantasy, and family drama in a tautly constructed coming-of-age story that [...]
A talk about children's literature's imaginary places, delivered by Leonard at the Toronto Public Library's fabled Osborne Collection on September 29, 2016, has just been published in a beautiful keepsake edition that may be purchased directly from the Osborne. To place an order, email: [...]
How interesting to find interest in Pakistan in the art of the picture book and to see books crossing national borders in this way. Art Now - Contemporary Art of Pakistan: Book Review: “Show Me a Story! Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World’s Most Celebrated [...]
As the centenary-year celebration of Madeleine L'Engle's birth begins, and as excitement builds for the March 9th release of Disney's A Wrinkle in Time, Smithsonian offers this appraisal of the lasting impact of L'Engle's best-known book. Watch also for the September 4th publication of the [...]
As a member of the American Writers Museum's advisory content committee, Leonard took the lead in planning the museum's children's literature gallery. Commissioning illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky to create a permanent mural for the gallery was a high point.
China was one place Leonard never expected to visit when in 2014 an email arrived with the surprising news that a Beijing-based publishing company, King-In Culture, Ltd., had acquired Simplified Chinese rights to Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom.
The New York Times. By Leonard S. Marcus - November 7, 2017. While some sea stories are mainly good for a pirate-y thrill, others take young readers a bit deeper. The vast scope and power of the high seas makes the world’s oceans a dramatic setting for stories for those just getting their [...]
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has selected Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft, and Life Outside the Box as an Orbis Pictus Recommended Book for 2017. Read the award citation as it appeared in the November 2017 issue of Language Arts.
The New York Times recently asked Leonard to comment on the life and work of Iona and Peter Opie. By Richard Sandomir - October 30, 2017. Iona Opie, a British folklorist who worked with her husband, Peter, to produce major studies of nursery rhymes as well as the oral traditions of games, [...]
Each September, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, of Amherst, MA, comes to New York City to host a gala evening celebrating the art of the picture book and honoring the lifetime achievements of four of the most creative members of the children's book world. As founder of the Carle [...]
Earlier in 2017, Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work, was published in China by the Dandelion Press. In August, Leonard visited Dandelion's offices and gave a talk about his memories of Maurice Sendak for the staff.
Leonard’s most recent project for New York’s Bard Graduate Center was a public program about New York-themed children’s books, presented in conjunction with the Bard Gallery’s popular spring/summer 2017 exhibition “New York Crystal Palace 1853.”
Dandelion Press, publisher of Where the Wild Things Are in China, has now also released the Chinese-language edition of Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work, which puts on view hundreds of never-before-seen works of original and preliminary art by the 20th century’s supreme [...]
The New York Public Library Extends Popular Exhibition: ‘The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter’
The New York Public Library. Exhibition open until September 7, features updated items that highlight the world of children’s literature. The New York Public Library has extended its popular children’s literature exhibition, The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.
The Christian Science Monitor. By Steve Donoghue - February 21, 2017 Look back far enough in the life of virtually any American reader – or writer – alive today, and you're very likely to find the same small library of books, brightly-colored little things full of lively action [...]
Publishers Weekly. By Sally Lodge - February 17, 2017. Launched in October 1942, Little Golden Books defied the traditional model of children’s book publishing with its 25¢ price point, availability in chain and department stores, vivid cover and interior art, uniform trim size, [...]