Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Must Reading for Children's Lit Folks

Have you read Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature by Leonard Marcus?

If you are interested in the past and present of children's literature, and curious about the intersection of librarianship and the U.S. publishing industry, this volume is a must for your personal library.

Minders of Make-Believe is lyrical, engaging, accessible, and a straight-out good read.

As one editor put it "Good children's books are never juvenile." (p. 223) and good books about the history of writing and publishing for children are well researched, copiously footnoted, yet and engrossing. Minders of Make-Believe fits the bill on all counts.

Plus, all the cool Guinea Pigs have read it. - aae

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