Leonard S. Marcus

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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.

Here are a few (of the many) authors and illustrators mentioned: Randolph Caldecott, Beatrix Potter, Wanda Gág, George Duplaix (co-founder of Little Golden Books), Nathalie Parain, Gustaf Tenggren, Ursula Nordstrom, Nicholas Mordvinoff, Maurice Sendak, Ezra Jack Keats, Langston Hughes, Mildred Taylor, John Steptoe, Jerry Pinkney, and Barbara Cooney.

Here are a few of the books, magazines, treatises, and articles mentioned: Some Thoughts Concerning Education, by John Locke (1692); The Brownies’ Book, by W. E. B. Du Bois (1920); Clever Bill, by William Nicholson (1926); The Two Reds, by William Lipkind (1950); The All White World of Children’s Books, by Nancy Larrick (1965); and Where Are the People of Color in Children's Books? by Walter Dean Myers (2014).

To learn about Leonard and his books on children’s publishing, visit leonardmarcus.com.

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