Close-up portrait of Leonard Marcus against a grey background
Critic, writer, editor
MFA Visual Narrative


BA, magna cum laude, Yale University; MFA, University of Iowa


Author of more than 25 award-winning books, including: Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon; Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books; You Can't Say That!: Writers for Young People Talk about Censorship, Free Expression, and the Stories They Have to Tell; Pictured Worlds


Publications include

Frequent contributor, The New York Times Book Review


Curatorial projects include

"The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter," New York Public Library


Awards and honors include

Founding Trustee, Eric Carle Museum; Honorary Doctorate, Bank Street College of Education; Chen Bochui Award, Government of the People’s Republic of China