Sunday, October 13, 2013

Announcing A Kidlit Walking Tour in the Heart of Manhattan

Last month, I decided to join a 2 hour walking tour of Greenwich Village here in NYC.  What made this walking tour really enticing and special is that it was entirely focused on sites related to children's literature and publishing.

I learned a lot of new information.  For example, did you know that the well-loved Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey was really written in his shared Greenwich Village apartment and that  real ducks were used in the making of the book (they swam in the bathtub).

The tour was given by Leonard S. Marcus, a children's historian, author and critic and the man who just curated the children's book exhibit at the NYPL, The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter.   Which is a definite Must-See if you are lover of children's literature.

Now, on October 20, 2013, Leonard is offering another walking tour, one that begins outside the New York Public Library, which played a very important part in the development of children's literature in the country and beyond, and goes up to the Plaza Hotel (can you guess why there?) with stops along the way.

Sound good?   I think so.  So if you are within reach of midtown Manhattan and would like to take a walk, read on and then email Caron Cohen at

Hello Children's Book Enthusiasts,

You are invited to attend a Neighborhood Walking Tour led by Leonard S. Marcus, the acclaimed historian and curator of the current New York Public Library exhibit, The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter.

Marcus will lead a tour from the steps of the NYPL's Schwarzman Building (on Fifth Avenue between 41st and 42nd Streets) to Eloise's Plaza Hotel.  Along the way, he will share intriguing anecdotes about places, publishers, editors, authors, books and characters.

Sunday, October 20, 11 a.m., we'll meet at the steps between the library lions. The fee is $20.00.  Bring cash, or check made out to Leonard S. Marcus, on the day of the tour.

Rain date is Sunday, October 27. In case of inclement weather, you will be notified by e-mail, or phone the day before, or at at the latest, by 8 a.m. on October 20.

Space is limited, so please respond to Caron at without delay and be sure to provide a phone number where you can be reached.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I so wish I could go on this tour - it sounds amazing. Maybe they will do it again one of these days. Thanks for spreading the word!


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