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The Story of First Book

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A collection of our favorite authors and illustrators sat down to help us tell the story of First Book: The Story of First Book from First Book on Vimeo.

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Conversations with Writers of Comedy

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Every month the Library of Congress hosts numerous events through The Center for the Book. Yesterday, a colleague and I were able to listen to Leonard Marcus, one of America’s most respected authorities on children’s literature, along with special guest

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Listen to this Funny Business!

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“A joke isn’t a joke if you need to explain it,” notes Leonard S. Marcus, on his upcoming new release, Funny Business [available October 2009 from Candlewick Press]. “Even so, the hidden clockwork of comedy… has long been considered one

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First Book Celebrates The Carle Honors!

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On Tuesday night, First Book had the incredible pleasure of attending the third annual Carle Honors event, held at the University Club in New York City! The Carle Honors, sponsored by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, is

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An Evening of “Make-Believe” with Leonard Marcus

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Last night, I had the immense pleasure of listening to leading author and children’s literature historian Leonard Marcus read from his newly published work, Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature (Houghton Mifflin Co.) at

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First Book Celebrates Children’s Book Week with Leonard Marcus!

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I recently had the immense pleasure of chatting with historian and author Leonard Marcus about his newly published title, Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature (Houghton Mifflin Co.) Over fourteen years in the making,

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