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!

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 Weisgard author and illustrator of children’s books

The wonderful publishing company, Orecchio Acerbo, has published The Summer Noisy Book now in Italien!

I rumori dell'estate di Margaret Wise Brown illustrazioni di Leonard Weisgard

I rumori dell’estate
di Margaret Wise Brown
illustrazioni di Leonard Weisgard

Thank you!  Orecchio Acerbo Publishing

Brave Baby Elephant second publishing in China December 2020!

Brave Baby Elephant
Sesyle Joslin, illustrations by Leonard Weisgard
Trustbridge Publishing Limited China 2016
The Simplified Chinese edition is published by Everafter Books 2020
Brave Baby Elephant

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

Leonard Weisgard's letter to a nine-year-old


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>>

Pierre Lapin by Beatrix Potter illustrations by Leonard Weisgard. Published by Le Lièvre de Mars

Literary Hub
“20 Artists’ Visions of Alice in Wonderland From the Last 155 Years
Curiouser and Curiouser!”

By Emily Temple

Alice in Wonderland - illustrations by Leonard Weisgard
Alice in Wonderland – illustrations by Leonard Weisgard

“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

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!

La cosa più importante by Margaret Wise Brown - illustrations by Leonard Weisgard

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!

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:
“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 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

Leonard Weisgard author illustrator children's books - Piccolo Elefante Cresce - Brave Baby Elephant by Sesyle Joslin, illustrations by Leonard Weisgard    Leonard Weisgard author and illustrator children's books - Piccolo Elefante va in Cina by Sesyle Josliin illustrations by Leonard Weisgard

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>>