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Medium Cool: Talking about e-Books with Dan Yaccarino

Dan Yaccarino has an aficionado’s old-fashioned regard for picture-book artistry and a techno-geek’s new-fangled fascination with screen-based storytelling. He has illustrated more than thirty children’s books and is the creator of the Nick Jr. television series Oswald and the Emmy Award–winning Willa’s Wild Life, which currently airs on NBC and Qubo. Having recently played an […]

It’s My Party: An Interview with Maurice Sendak

Loosely based on a two-minute animation Sendak created with Jim Henson for Sesame Street in 1971, Bumble-Ardy revisits his long-standing preoccupations with childhood outsider-hood and saving-grace resilience, but with a new twist of extravagance taken straight from the operatic playbook of Giuseppe Verdi. We talked about all this at the artist’s kitchen table in a conversation recorded on May 12, 2011.

Outside Over Where?: Foreign Picture Books and the Dream of Global Awareness

It’s a small world after all. Or then again, maybe not. A stroll through the exhibition halls at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the world’s largest annual international gathering of publishers of books for young people, presents a decidedly mixed picture. With English being the default business language of the fair and with much of […]

Sight Reading: Something Old, Something New: Marla Frazee’s Picture Book Art

This year’s Caldecott committee sprinkled its fairy dust in three directions, bestowing its particular brand of good fortune on a trio of illustrators at distinctly diff erent stages of their careers. The big prize went of course to Jerry Pinkney, a draftsman and watercolorist par excellence who has long been considered in the running for […]

An Interview with George M. Nicholson

George M. Nicholson introduced and popularized high-quality paperback publishing for young people in the United States. He ran a number of major houses before finding a new career as an agent, remaining throughout an innovative, knowledgeable, and influential figure in the children’s book industry. LEONARD S. MARCUS: How did you come to work in children’s […]

Marc Simont’s Sketchbooks, The Art Academy Years: 1935–1938

In 1935, as a twenty-year-old enrolled in New York’s National Academy of Design, the Caldecott-winning illustrator Marc Simont began the practice of carrying a sketchbook around with him for the purpose of making rapid-fire, impromptu drawings of people. Simont had recently moved to New York from Paris, the city of his birth, for the second […]

A Second Look: Where the Wild Things Are

A second look at Where the Wild Things Are? Forty years after Maurice Sendak’s early mid-career masterpiece first appeared on the fall 1963 Harper list, the suggestion still feels premature. Turning to the book now, the most striking thing about it remains its undatable, fresh-as-paint immediacy. However familiar the Sendak images have long since become, […]