Leonard Marcus, November 15, 2009
Leonard Marcus is one of the children’s book world’s most respected and versatile writers, historians, and critics. His highly acclaimed books about children’s literature and the authors and artists who create them include: Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way; Minders of Make-Believe; Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon; Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; A Caldecott Celebration; Side by Side; Storied City; and The Wand in the Word.
On Sunday, November 15, 2009, Leonard gave the keynote adress at the 60th anniversary of the Irvin Kerlan collection of children’s books at the Elmer Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota.
Leonard Marcus is one of the most trusted critics in the field of children’s literature. His incisive book reviews appeared in every issue of Parenting magazine magazine for 21 years. He currently writes for The New York Times Book Review, The Horn Book, and Publishers Weekly, among other publications. Leonard is a three-time judge of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year prize, a standing member of The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award committee, and was a judge of the 1996 National Book Awards. In 2006, Leonard served as literary director of The Night Kitchen Radio Theater, founded by Arthur Yorinks, with monthly performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., and regular broadcasts on XM Satellite Radio.