Susann's Reviews > Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature

Minders of Make-Believe by Leonard S. Marcus
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May 28, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: ursula-nordstrom

Leonard Marcus lives in Brooklyn and I wish he would invite me to dinner so that I could check out his bookshelves and we could talk about children's books all night long. This is the history of American kidlit and the stories of the publishers and librarians who decided what American children should be reading. Marcus has a real knack for plopping the reader right into each time period and for making me interested fascinated with so many of these "minders." I've always been a kidlit enthusiast but, until I read Ursula Nordstrom's letters and this book, I had barely thought about the publishing side of things. I particularly enjoyed learning about the tastes of each editor, so that I could see why and how some of my favorite authors matched with their respective publishing houses.
The two chapters covering the 17th-19th centuries moved more slowly for me, but that's due to my personal lack of interest in those eras and not to Marcus' writing.

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Laurie Be sure to read the New Yorker article about Anne Carroll Moore and E.B. White:

I'm looking forward to reading this book.

Susann Oh yes, I read it earlier this week. Fascinating stuff and if you enjoyed the article, then you'll like the book.

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