Leonard S. Marcus

Leonard S. Marcus talks to Giuseppe Castellano about how the challenges he experienced in learning to read set Leonard on the path of becoming a leading children’s literature historian—and best-selling author.

Then, Leonard and Giuseppe get into a 1962 Pontiac Bonneville (as seen here, illustrated by Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman) as they travel through 150 years of children’s book history—with visits to the Puritans; Caldecott and Potter; Little Golden Books; Ursula Nordstrom and the birth of Early Readers; Sendak’s “trilogy”; Keats, Steptoe and the origins of diverse books; and much, much more.

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