In this blog post, Leonard writes about what he learned from interviewing 13 writers for children and teens whose books have touched a cultural nerve: You Can’t Say That: Who Should Censor Our Children’s Reading? by Leonard S. Marcus | Nerdy Book Club As a historian and critic, I realized long [...]
A star from School Library Journal; a powerful comment from children’s author and poet Donna Marie Merritt: School Library Journal Review This work is a compilation of conversations Marcus had with writers of children’s and YA titles that have been included on the American Library [...]
In this wide-ranging interview, Leonard and Maria Russo discuss their plans and vision for mineditionUS.
Not long after the pandemic began and talking heads with impressive bookshelf backdrops became a staple of our television viewing, the New York Times decided to take a closer look at the books themselves and asked several well-known figures to name three of their favorites. Among the famous [...]
In 2019, Everafter Books, an imprint of Trustbridge Media, introduced a journal of children’s literature studies with a uniquely global reach. Each issue is theme-based and features three sets of articles: a group from Europe, another from China, and a third (edited by Leonard) from North [...]
In November, Leonard collaborated virtually with French critic Nathalie Beau and a small group of Chinese jury panelists in selecting the winners of this year’s Original Illustration Exhibition’s top honors. This annual competition is open to published and unpublished illustrators [...]
This year, Leonard became a columnist for the Chinese monthly Meng (or “Dream”). Spurred onby the hope that China’s rising generation will play an important role on the world stage, China’sburgeoning middle-class has embraced childhood literacy as an essential skill and [...]
How lovely to be read by Australian children’s book author Michelle Cooper. In a recent Memoranda blog post, she comments from half a world away on Leonard’s collection of conversations with (mostly American) humor writers for young readers, Funny Business.
Astra Publishing House in association with Beijing-based Thinkingdom Media and the European and American editors of minedition have launched a worldwide picture book writing competition open to all writers regardless of nationality, place of residence, or experience level. Leonard is Jury [...]
Earlier this year, Chinese literature scholar Zhang Shengzhen visited New York University on a Fulbright Fellowship. While in New York, she contacted Leonard and recorded a wide-ranging interview with him concerning the origins and development of and current trends in Western children’s [...]