Leonard Marcus is one of the world’s leading writers about children’s books and the people who create them. He is the author of more than 20 award-winning books, including Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, which has just also published in China; Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon; Minders of Make-Believe; The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth; Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing; and Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work. Leonard is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and commentator on radio and television. He is a founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and is the curator of The New York Public Library’s critically acclaimed exhibition, The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, about which the New York Times wrote: “The show’s nearly 250 objects and artifacts are so intelligently woven together by the curator, Leonard S. Marcus, that . . . by the end you won’t wonder why children’s books matter but how other books can even come close.” Leonard is on the faculty of New York University and the School of Visual Arts lectures throughout the US and around the world.
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