“One can never be too much on the side of the child.”

—Helen Oxenbury


Julie and Eve talk to children’s book expert Leonard Marcus about what it’s like to edit iconic authors. Among other questions, they ask, How do you tell E. B. White you had a problem with Charlotte?




The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter


"The catalogue is not a history of children’s literature but rather a review of how children’s books reflect the changing adult view of children. Set out in three thematic sections—"Visions of Childhood," "Off the Shelf: Giving and Getting Books," and "The Art of the Picture Book"—the exhibit and this catalogue touch on many wide-ranging topics. Lavishly illustrated in color, the catalogue preserves the content off an important exhibit and at the same time features an important collection." CHOICE



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Leonard Marcus

Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, by Leonard S Marcus

Toni Morrison

Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

HarperCollins Children’s Division

Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown

The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown

Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White

Stuart Little, by E. B. White

Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh

Freaky Friday, by Mary Rodgers

Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George

A Hole is to Dig, Ruth Krauss

The Oxford Book of English Verse

Louisa May Alcott

Maxwell Perkins

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ernest Hemmingway

Bennett Cerf

Random House

William Faulkner

Dr. Seuss

The Stinky Cheese Man, by Jon Scieszka

Katharine White (née Sergeant Angell)

Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling

Bedtime for Frances (originally titled Who’s Afraid), by Russell Hoban

Danny and the Dinosaur, by Syd Hoff

Meindert DeJong

The Long Secret, by Louise Fitzhugh

Delacorte Press

In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak

I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip. by John Donovan

Eve Yohalem

Julie Sternberg

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