Leonard Marcus is one of the US children's book world's most respected and versatile writers, historians, and critics. He has written many highly acclaimed books about children's literature, and the authors and artists who created them. Leonard’s book reviews have been featured in many US magazines including Parenting magazine, the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, and Publishers Weekly. I interviewed him because he is one of the speakers at the SCBWI Bologna Conference at the end of this month.
In his interview Leonard Marcus said:
“As the youngest of three children, I spent plenty of time being ‘the child of the family’ and thinking about childhood. Although very verbal, I started out as a painfully slow reader. Then the reading specialist who was assigned to help me at school suggested that I try writing poems to read to her. It was then that I began my writing and reading life. Thanks to that teacher, I experienced a feeling of great satisfaction because I found that it was easy to read what I myself had written and that made me want to write more and more.”
Leonard Marcus (Author, critic, historian, US)
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