Leonard S. Marcus

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Wit's End: The Art of Tomi Ungerer

Tomi Ungerer was born between worlds, and his picture books show it. Ungerer was raised amid the Sturm und Drang of the Second World War in Alsace, a multilingual border region to which Germany and France have repeatedly laid claim over the centuries. Although the worst aspects of the war...

An Interview with Regina Hayes

A lifelong bookworm and unapologetic generalist, Regina Hayes, who led Viking Children’s Books from 1982 to 2012, has worked widely across genres in a career marked by intense curiosity; quiet, persistent daring; and a firm grasp of the world in which young people live. Hayes has also brought a refreshing...

BGHB at 50: Cold Feet by Cynthia DeFelice, illus. by Robert Andrew Parker

As a 2001 Boston Globe-Horn Book judge, I had the pleasure of honoring Cynthia DeFelice and Robert Andrew Parker for their picture book Cold Feet, a deliciously creepy retelling of a Scottish ghost story. I liked everything about the book, but here I want to give a tip of my...

Robert McCloskey at 100

Robert McCloskey was to the mid-twentieth-century American picture book what Norman Rockwell was to the illustrated magazine of that era: the artist most adept at divining the mythic dimension in the dramas of everyday life, and at crafting iconic images of a particular time and place with the power to...

An Interview with Frances Foster

In the September/October 2003 Horn Book Magazine, Leonard S. Marcus interviewed longtime editor Frances Foster, head of Frances Foster Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Leonard S. Marcus: How did you come to be a children’s book editor?Frances Foster: I came to New York on the rebound, following a...

An Interview with Neal Porter

Neal Porter launched his thirty-five-year-long publishing career in 1979 when he assumed the post of director of library services and academic sales at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where William Steig, Maurice Sendak, and Madeleine L’Engle were among the brightest stars on an extraordinary list. Porter went on to hold editorial...

Northward Bound: The Picture Book Art of Isol

Photo: Stefan TellThe Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in children’s and young adult literature was presented this year to a writer/illustrator whose work is just becoming known in the United States, the Argentinian picture book artist Marisol Misenta, or Isol.The Lindgren prize, or ALMA, was established in 2002 to honor the...

Show and Tell: Curating “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter”

This wall panel near the exhibition entrance features a graphic of a children's bookseller's shop from eighteenth-century London.Not quite two years ago, The New York Public Library asked me to curate an exhibition about children’s books for its central  gallery, the grand 4,500-square-foot space that lies just beyond the Library...

An Interview with Walter Lorraine

The multifaceted Walter Lorraine was a designer and art director at Houghton Mifflin before being named Director of Children’s Books, a position he held from 1965–1995. He now heads his own imprint, Walter Lorraine Books. Leonard S. Marcus: How did you get started in publishing?Walter Lorraine: As a student at...

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