Most everyone has fallen under the magnetic spell of the American illustrator Garth Williams (1912-1996) at one time or another: as childhood readers, as parents or grandparents, or as professionals concerned with young people and their books. Charlotte’s Web? The Little House on the [...]
Rediscover the magic of "A Wrinkle in Time" and its sequels in Library of America's deluxe, two-volume collector’s edition boxed set, available on September 4, 2018. For the first time, L’Engle’s iconic classic and all seven of its sequels—the complete Kairos (“cosmic time”) novels—will be [...]
Alice was one of the most memorable illustrators of our time, both singly and in collaboration with her late husband Martin. When I interviewed her for my book Side by Side and asked her exactly who had done what in the creation of the many books that she and Martin worked on closely together, [...]
The recent NYU symposium: "Telling Lives: A Closer Look at Picture Book Biography" drew a lively and engaged audience of writers, illustrators, publishers, educators, librarians, and NYU students and staff. Publishers Weekly was there too, and here is their report on the morning's events.
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 lifelong bookworm and unapologetic generalist, Regina Hayes, who led Viking Children’s Books from 1982 to 2012 and is now a Viking editor at large, has ranged widely across genres in an action-packed career marked by intense curiosity, quiet, persistent daring, and a firm grasp of the world [...]
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 [...]