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100 Years of Children's Book Week Posters

Leonard S. Marcus


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Celebrate a century of children's book illustration!

For families, art lovers, and history buffs alike, Leonard S. Marcus's visual history tour of 100 years of children's book illustration gathers in one glorious volume the posters of the annual Children's Book Week!

Featuring work from early luminaries such as N. C. Wyeth and Marcia Brown to more contemporary illustrators like David Wiesner, Mary GrandPré, Christian Robinson, and Jillian Tamaki, this beautiful collection showcases the conceptual and iconic images that have defined children's books for generations of young readers.

While the posters within these pages are linked in their resounding advocacy for young people's literacy, they are distinguished by the styles and mediums of their creators and by the historical, social, and cultural influences of their times. Renowned historian Leonard S. Marcus traces these developments in the children's book field with incisive descriptions to accompany each poster.

Children's Book Week has grown over the past one hundred years from a modest grassroots effort to a full-throttle nationwide annual celebration of literacy and the pleasures of reading. The posters in this book beautifully emphasize Book Week's mission, with slogans such as "Build the Future with Books," "Get Lost in a Book," and "One World, Many Stories."

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780525645085, 128pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

About the Author

Leonard S. Marcus is a leading historian and critic of children's literature, as well as the author of the award-winning books Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon, Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, and Show Me a Story! Why Picture Books Matter. A frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the Horn Book Magazine, Marcus has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, ABC's Good Morning America, and BBC Radio 4. He is a founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and is the curator of landmark exhibitions at the New York Public Library and elsewhere. He teaches at New York University and the School of Visual Arts, and lectures about his work throughout the world. Leonard S. Marcus lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find him online at or @leonardsmarcus.

The Children's Book Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting reading and the enjoyment of books for young people. Since 1945, the organization has been the overseer of Children's Book Week. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book goes toward helping the Council in its efforts.