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The ABC of It

Why Children’s Books Matter

2019
Authors:

Leonard Marcus

The ABC of It

Distributed for the University of Minnesota Libraries, Kerlan Collection

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

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

The ABC of It

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

The ABC of It

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 ABC of It

Distributed for the University of Minnesota Libraries, Kerlan Collection