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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.