Leonard Weisgard : A World of Illustration

Pelican Here, Pelican There by Leonard Weisgard, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1948

Pelican Here, Pelican There by Leonard Weisgard, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1948

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! Leonard Weisgard: A World of Illustration.


The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrations by Leonard Weisgard


Magician of the Modern: The Art of Leonard Weisgard
Celebrating Leonard Weisgard’s centennial

March 8 – June 5, 2016
Curated by Ellen Keiter and Leonard Marcus
“Leonard Weisgard (1916–2000) was an award-wining illustrator of over 200 children’s books. He is perhaps best remembered for his productive collaboration with author Margaret Wise Brown, beginning with their popular Noisy Books series (1939). Influenced by both mid-century modernism and American folk art, Weisgard incorporated different media—gouache, poster paint, crayon, chalk, decoupage, stenciling, and pen and ink—to create a new kind of children’s book.” See www.carlemuseum.org

Press Release here & with lots of interesting information!)
http://www.carlemuseum.org/content/Leonard-weisgard-press-release

Magician of the Modern: Eric Carle museum celebrates the work of children’s book artist Leonard Weisgard
Article by STEVE PFARRER  Gazettenet.com


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


The British Library has an exhibition celebrating Alice in Wonderland’s 150th anniversary.
Leonard Weisgard’s 1949 edition is included in the show. The exhibition runs until April 2016.
And then on to The Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle!
Saturday 14 May – Sunday 2 October 2016
“The exhibition includes illustrations and drawings celebrating Alice in Wonderland by Mervyn Peake, Ralph Steadman, Leonard Weisgard, Arthur Rackham, Peter Blake and Salvador Dali.”  https://laingartgallery.org.uk/whats-on/alice-in-wonderland