The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter

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Kerlan Collection at the Univ of Minn
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7.5 X 9.4 X 1.0 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author

Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world's leading authorities on children's books and illustration. Among his many books are Minders of Make-Believe and Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon. A frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, he is on the faculty of New York University and the School of Visual Arts.

Lisa Von Drasek is curator of the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota.


"This is a book for the child in all of us--an exquisitely rendered volume that underscores the power of words and pictures to inspire, build, and transform."--Andrea Davis Pinkney, New York Times bestselling author of A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day

"WOW. Fascinating. Illuminating. And deeply entertaining. Required reading for anyone interested in children, reading, and/or children's reading."--Jon Scieszka, Inaugural National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

"This is a beautiful reimagining of a milestone exhibition on children's literature. Exquisitely rendered and inclusive in its vision. Highly recommended."--Lynne M. Thomas, Head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Eloquent, illuminating, and often revelatory, this thematic crash course in the history of iconic children's books is a visual feast."--Judy Freeman, author of The Handbook for Storytelling

"Marcus's text intriguingly tracks deep connections between children's books and their larger society, around the world and across time."--Paul O. Zelinsky, award-winning author and illustrator

"This is a piece of literature that should be in every school of education library and required reading for any student studying children's literature. Outstanding."--Cynthia Weill, Director of the Center for Children's Literature at Bank Street College of Education

"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