About Leonard Weisgard

Leonard Weisgard - author and illustrator of children's books

Short biography
Leonard Joseph Weisgard
December 13, 1916 – January 14, 2000
Leonard Weisgard, Caldecott award-winning illustrator of more than 200 children’s books was perhaps best known for his collaboration with the author Margaret Wise Brown…
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Leonard S. Marcus He is the author of more than 20 award-winning biographies, histories, interview collections, and inside looks at the making of children’s literature’s enduring classics. His reviews and commentary have been featured in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, The Horn Book, and on numerous radio and television programs including Good Morning America, All Things Considered, PBS NewsHour, BBC Radio 4, CBC As It Happens, Beijing Television, and Radio New Zealand, among others.

“In Search of Margaret Wise Brown”
By Leonard S. Marcus

In October 1982, I flew from New York to Copenhagen to interview Leonard Weisgard for my biography of his close friend and frequent collaborator, Margaret Wise Brown…
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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
“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…
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Author Kage Glantz

“There was no one like Leonard”
By Ken Chowde
There was no one like Leonard, even Leonard himself. Leonard was gracious and generous and beautifully well-spoken and -dressed; he was also reclusive and agoraphobic and capable of saying virtually anything, or nothing at all…
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Melissa Reese Moye

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.”
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