Books by Leonard S. Marcus

Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A worthy illustrated tribute to the man who arguably invented the modern picture book."
Timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, which honors excellence in picture-book illustration, a slender illustrated biography of its namesake. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Though readers may not understand L'Engle the human being any better than they did before, they will certainly come away with a greater appreciation for the way she grappled with her life and wrestled it into narrative."
A multifaceted portrait of the complicated writer who won the 1963 Newbery Medal for A Wrinkle in Time. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2012

"A welcome illumination of a historically under-appreciated art form. (bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
Selecting 11 illustrators popular in the past decade, among them Chris Raschka, Lois Ehlert and Mo Willems, and adding postscripts to 10 he had interviewed for Ways of Telling (2002), Marcus mines the A-list, producing fascinating insights into the lives of picture-book creators and the format itself. Read full book review >
Released: May 7, 2008

"A well-documented, thorough history."
Who really decides what American children read? Children's book historian and critic Marcus (A Caldecott Celebration: Seven Artists and their Paths to the Caldecott Medal, 2008, etc.) answers this question by deftly tracing the evolution of American children's literature from colonial primers to Harry Potter. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"An irresistible feast, especially catnip-like for children's-book history buffs. (foreword by Eric Carle, miscellaneous appendices, notes, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. Adult)"
"To me, they are like this big lump of warmth. They were my friends! . . . Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Filled with intriguing tidbits, this is an outstanding work about the connections between parents and children, editors and artists and readers and writers. (photo credits, selective bibliography, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Children's literature scholar Marcus is back with a fascinating portrait of five families who have achieved success in their picture-book endeavors. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2006

"Throughout, Oscar keeps his head and stops to smell the roses, even when their thorns could prove prickly—an important subtle message about problem solving and the power of a positive attitude. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A small sock monkey tackles the big city in an attempt to save the day in this husband-and-wife collaboration. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2003

"For wandering about the city, or for answering children's questions as to whether a place or a moment in New York City literature really exists, this is extremely cool. (bibliography, index, maps) (Reference. All ages)"
More than 200 books for children and teens make their appearance in Marcus's affectionate and limpidly clear walking tour of the literary sidewalks of New York. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A sheaf of color plates with illustrations from each of the subjects' works completes the package. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
A series of interviews illuminates the perspectives of a variety of picture-book creators, both authors and illustrators. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 2001

"And, of course, adults who work with children's books will delight in this glimpse into the creative process. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
As the subtitle indicates, an exploration of the collaborative efforts of five author-illustrator pairs (and in one case, triad). Read full book review >
AUTHOR TALK by Leonard S. Marcus
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Children receive not only a glimpse of their favorite writers' lives, but also advice and inspiration for their own work. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Similar in format to the Talking with Artists books, this is a welcome addition to the field of author biography. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1994

A jacket photo of a child's hand cradled in an adult palm signifies Marcus's ever-fertile theme. Read full book review >
MARGARET WISE BROWN by Leonard S. Marcus
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"And he does it without the sanctimonious reverence so endemic in his field."
She was, in the words of former Kirkus editor Barbara Bader—whose American Picturebooks Marcus quotes—"the first to make the writing of picturebooks an art." Read full book review >