Nov 7

SCBWI-Tokyo Event – Leonard Marcus on Advice from a Legendary Editor

Posted by Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima, ’88-’90):

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators presents

Children’s Literature Scholar Leonard Marcus:

Advice from a Legendary Editor: How Ursula Nordstrom Made Children’s Books That Last

Time:     Sunday, November 28, 2010, 10-11:30 a.m.

Place:    Tokyo Women’s Plaza, Conference Room 1

5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

by the Children’s Castle and United Nations University

For a map see


Fee:      1,000 yen SCBWI members; 1,500 yen nonmembers


Reservations are recommended: E-mail by Friday November 26, 2010

This event will be in English.

This illustrated presentation will give an inside look at the path-finding work of Ursula Nordstrom, Harper’s visionary editor of children’s books. The focus is on the hands-on creation of such well-loved classics as Goodnight Moon, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Charlotte’s Web, Where the Wild Things Are, and Harriet the Spy; on Nordstrom’s thoughts about children and their books; and on the valuable lessons that writers and illustrators of today can learn from her inspired approach to publishing. Q&A will follow the talk, and participants are welcome to bring copies of books for signing.


Leonard Marcus is a distinguished children’s literature scholar who is also an award-winning writer for kids. His books include Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Golden Legacy; Minders of Make-Believe; and, most recently, Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy. Leonard is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and other publications and writes a regular column on picture books for The Horn Book. He has served as a judge of the Ragazzi Prize, the National Book Award, and on numerous other prize committees. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit his website: and read an interview with Leonard Marcus:

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