Leonard Weisgard : A World of Illustration

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!


Interior illustration for The Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown with pictures by Leonard Weisgard, copyright Harper & Row, Publishers, New York and Evanston, 1939The Picture Book Re-Imagined: The Children’s Book Legacy of Pratt Institute and Bank Street College of Education
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 —Thursday, September 15, 2016
Location: Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor
Curated by Leonard Marcus

Pratt Manhattan Gallery will present The Picture Book Re-Imagined: The Children’s Book Legacy of Pratt Institute and Bank Street College of Education, taking place from July 12 through September 15. The exhibition explores the impact of the two innovative New York institutions on the development of children’s literature and illustration. Curated by Leonard Marcus, this exhibition represents a significant collaboration between Pratt Institute and Bank Street College. Both institutions have played a seminal role in furthering the illustrated children’s book as an art form. This exhibition features original children’s book artwork, manuscripts, and archival materials highlighting the ongoing legacy of Bank Street and Pratt Institute in shaping children’s literature as an art form.

Leonard Marcus is one of the world’s leading writers about children’s books and the people who create them. He is the author of more than 25 award-winning books including Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon; Show Me a Story: Why Picture Books Matter; and The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth.

https://www.pratt.edu/events/exhibitions/pratt-manhattan-gallery/


Whale’s Way and Penguin’s Way have been republished

by The Bodleian Library!
We are so honoured and excited about these two books republished by The Bodleian Library Oxford University. See them here:   See Penguin’s Way here>>
See Whale’s Way here>>

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)

Whale's Way Penguin's Way by Johanna Johnston with illustrations by Leonard Weisgard published by The Bodleian Library Oxford UKPenguin's Way written by Johanna Johnston with illustrations by Leonard Weisgard published by The Bodleian Library Oxford UK

“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

Piccolo Elefante Cresce - Brave Baby Elephant by Sesyle Joslin, illustrations by Leonard Weisgard

And now Baby Elephant Goes to China is out in Italian!
Orecchio Acerbo publishing
http://www.orecchioacerbo.com/editore/index.php?option=com_oa&vista=catalogo&id=456&Itemid=68

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