We’ve created this website to share the artwork and achievements of our father Leonard Weisgard, author and illustrator of over 200 children’s books. Enjoy!
We, the children of Phyllis and Leonard Weisgard, are so happy to see a renewed interest in the artwork of our father. His work is being republished to great extent in countries such as Japan, China, Holland, Italy, and America.
Leonard Weisgard author and illustrator of children’s books
Leonard’s reply to a nine-year-old
Recently we received an e-mail from Kathy Reid:
“Dear Weisgard family,
I was just clearing out a box of old papers when I came across a letter I received in 1964. Clearly it meant a lot to me, both as a nine-year-old child and every time I came across these papers thereafter…”
Leonard Weisgard letter as PDF file
A QUEBEC PETER RABBIT WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY LEONARD WEISGARD!
The beloved children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, created almost 120 years ago
by Beatrix Potter, is in bookstores now! It is published for the first time in Quebec. This version was translated by Dominique Fortier and published by Le Lièvre de Mars.
Read the article from La Presse in English here>>
or the original article in French here>>
“20 Artists’ Visions of Alice in Wonderland From the Last 155 Years
Curiouser and Curiouser!”
By Emily Temple
“It was 155 years ago today, on May 4th, 1865, when Alice tumbled down the rabbit hole. Carroll chose the day because it was Alice Liddell’s birthday (in 1865, she turned 13). Since then, Alice and her compatriots have been reimagined countless times, and inspired creative work of just about every genre. ”
Read more here>> https://lithub.com/20-artists-visions-of-alice-in-wonderland-from-the-last-155-years/
Dial B for Biography: The Case of the Forgotten Photo Shoot by Leonard S. Marcus Author of “Awakened by the Moon”
“You’ve done it!” began Leonard Weisgard’s characteristically warm and encouraging letter to me, written in the spring of 1992 soon after he’d read my just published biography of Margaret Wise Brown. During the ten years I spent writing my book, Leonard had done everything possible to help. He had welcomed me to Denmark and allowed me to interview him for days on end. He and his wife Phyllis had both made it clear that no question was off-limits. Read full story here>>
The wonderful team at Orecchio Acerbo has published The Important Book in Italien!
Orecchio Acerbo Publishing Italy
The Important Book – La cosa più importante 2018
Written by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrations by Leonard Weisgard
Whale’s Way and Penguin’s Way have been republished by The Bodleian Library!
On-line review from The New York Times:
SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW | CHILDREN’S BOOKS
“The illustrations alone warrant this handsome new edition of Johnston and Weisgard’s satisfying deep dive into the world of emperor penguins, first published in 1962. Weisgard’s dappled print technique wonderfully evokes a snowy Antarctic clime, and his penguins are, true to their name, majestic.” Read more: http://www.nytimes.com
Another on-line review from “Books in my House” (Blog post Tuesday 11th August 2015)
“Johanna Johnston was a renowned children’s author based in the USA. She also wrote scripts for radio, including for the long-running children’s series Let’s Pretend, as well as children’s stories, retellings of myths and children’s history.
Leonard Weisgard was a Caldecott award-winning illustrator who published over 200 children’s books. After studying illustration in New York he began a successful collaboration with the author Margaret Wise Brown as well as writing books of his own. He also worked with the American Library Association in the field of children’s education” See more at The Bodleian Shop
Brave Baby Elephant – Piccolo Elefante Cresce
Brave Baby Elephant by Sesyle Joslin and illustrations by Leonard Weisgard was translated into Italian and has won the Andersen award in Italy for the best children’s book in the category for 0-6 year olds May 2015.
Orecchio Acerbo 2015
Orecchio Acerbo Publishing
And now Baby Elephant Goes to China is out in Italian!
Orecchio Acerbo publishing
Picture Book Pioneer, Leonard Weisgard Introduces Modern Art
by Melissa Reese Moye
Leonard Weisgard and Margaret Wise Brown developed the first contemporary interactive concept books, putting them in the vanguard of innovators in several disciplines who re-imagined the picture book for young children. In the Here and Now titles, Weisgard pioneered modern approaches, reflecting such influences as Russian Constructivism, Surrealism, and Cubism. More specifically, Weisgard mirrored the works of E. McKnight Kauffer, Rene Magritte, Stuart Davis, and Henri Matisse.
Read more here>>