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The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books Matter With Leonard Marcus

Originally Posted: February 2014

by Leah Heilman Schanke

Leonard Marcus, historian, author, critic, and curator of The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter at the New York Public Library (NYPL) began his presentation by simply defining an exhibit as storytelling in three dimensions. Marcus observed that when people think about children’s books, they primarily think about them in terms of their personal experience. Marcus places books in a larger context by considering:

  • How are children’s books a part of literature?
  • How are the illustrations a part of art?
  • What do the stories say about culture? (more…)