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The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter

Leonard Marcus



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University of Minnesota
06 August 2019
Children's literature studies: general
A favorite childhood book can leave a lasting impression, but as adults we tend to shelve such memories. For fourteen months beginning in June 2013, more than half a million visitors to the New York Public Library viewed an exhibition about the role that children's books play in world culture and in our lives. After the exhibition closed, attendees clamored for a catalog of The ABC of It as well as for children's literature historian Leonard S. Marcus's insightful, wry commentary about the objects on display.

Now with this book, a collaboration between the University of Minnesota's Kerlan Collection of Children's Literature and Leonard Marcus, the nostalgia and vision of that exhibit can be experienced anywhere.
By:   Leonard Marcus
Imprint:   University of Minnesota
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 191mm, 
ISBN:   9781517908010
ISBN 10:   1517908019
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   06 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter

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

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