News (and Laughs) from Down Under

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.

Calling picture book writers everywhere

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 [...]

Foreign Literature Studies interview

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 [...]

Children’s Literature Quarterly Book Review

Beijing-based literature professor Zhang Shengzhen takes a close look at The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, the book-length illustrated catalogue that accompanied the University of Minnesota Library’s recent adaptation of Leonard’s landmark 2013-2014 exhibition of the [...]

Where Imagination Begins

In its September/October 2020 issue, the Yale Alumni Magazine gave an appreciative nod to Leonard and some of the many other Yale graduates who have left their mark on the branch of literature that, perhaps more than any other, has a lasting influence on what we care about and who we become. [...]

The Illustration Department

In this wide-ranging conversation, educator, art director, and podcast host Giuseppe Castellano takes a deep dive with Leonard into the history of American children’s books from Puritan primers to the We Need Diverse Books movement and beyond. Listen here: Listen to interviews with art [...]

99% Invisible: Goodnight Nobody

As part of its 125th anniversary celebration at the start of 2020, the New York Public Library released a list of its ten most checked-out books of all time. The list yielded two big surprises: children’s books dominated the list–and Margaret Wise Brown’s classic bedtime [...]

The NCCIL celebrates Garth Williams

While everyone continues to shelter in place, the Abilene (TX) Cultural Affairs Council’s Sidney Levesque spoke with Leonard about the memorable 2017 city-wide CALF arts and literacy festival when the illustration art of Garth Williams was celebrated with the largest ever Williams [...]

2019 Carle Honors Awards

As chair of the Eric Carle Museum’s Carle Honors Committee and as founder of the awards, Leonard takes an active role in choosing each year’s winners. The Carle awards are unique in recognizing not only the contributions of the artists who create picture books but also the work of [...]

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