A Caldecott Celebration: Seven Artists and Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Feb 5, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, noted children's book historian Leonard S. Marcus draws an absorbing and informative picture of the world's most prestigious illustration award and six of its acclaimed winners: Robert McCloskey, Marcia Brown, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, Chris Van Allaburg, and David Wiesner. Following an introduction that provides a historical perspective on Randolph Caldecott and the origins of the award named in his honor, Marcus takes us into the studios and behind the drawing boards of these six noteworthy artists, each representing a decade of the award's history. Through personal anecdotes and glimpses of their prize-winning books as works-in-progress - from doodles to sketches to dummies to finished art - readers will find out how their favorite picture books were imagined and created. The artists reveal their inspirations, work processes, and their private reactions to receiving this unparalleled honor.

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LEONARD S. MARCUS is one of the world's leading writers about children's books and the artists and authors who create them. His own awarding-winning books for middle-grade and teen readers include Pass It Down, Side by Side, and The Wand in the Word. Two million parents read his monthly review column in Parenting magazine, and he has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and numerous other publications. He holds degrees in history from Yale and poetry from the University of Iowa Graduate Writers' Workshop, and he is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the Bank Street College of Education. He and his wife, the picture-book artist Amy Schwartz, live with their son, Jacob, in Brooklyn, New York. Visit his Web site at www.leonardmarcus.com.

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