Ted and Betsy Lewin

Jerry Pinkney

Leonard S. Marcus
An Evening of Children's Book Icons
with Ted and Betsy Lewin, Leonard Marcus and Jerry Pinkney

November 09, 2011  6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.



Join us for an evening moderated by illustrator, designer, and art director (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) Laurent Linn with children's book icons Ted and Betsy Lewin, Leonard Marcus and Jerry Pinkney as they discuss the industry and their distinguished careers.


The evening will include a silent auction featuring a selection of original art sponsored by the Children's Book Council. A book signing will follow. 


Laurent Linn began his career as a puppet designer in Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop, eventually becoming Creative Director for the Sesame Street Muppets and winning an Emmy Award. He has illustrated many children’s books, including Imagination Song,

based on the classic song by Joe Raposo. Currently, Laurent is Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, where he art directs and designs picture books, middle-grade books, and teen novels. 


Ted and Betsy Lewin have illustrated over two hundred books for children some of which they have also written.  Many of their books are inspired by their world wide travels.  They have received many honors including silver medals from the Society of Illustrators, and New York Times Best Illustrated Books. Ted received the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, and Betsy received a Theodor Geisl Honor from ALA. And, they are the only husband and wife to have received Caldecott Honors for separate books in the history of the award. 

laurent Laurent Linn


Leonard Marcus is America’s foremost historian of children’s books and their illustration. Leonard is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and writes a column on picture books for the Horn Book magazine. His own award-winning books include Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon;Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Golden Legacy; Minders of Make-Believe; and Funny Business; among others. He is the curator of two current exhibitions: “Growing Every Which Way But Up: The Children’s Book Art of Jules Feiffer,” at the Eric Carle Museum; and “Storied City: New York in Picture Book Art,” at the Katonah Museum of Art. Leonard’s latest book is The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth.


Watercolorist and childrens book illustrator Jerry Pinkney (b.1939) has illustrated over one hundred titles. He is the recipient of numerous awards including multiple Coretta Scott King Awards, four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards, numerous medals from the Society of Illustrators and a Boston Globe Honor Book Award. In 2010 he received the Caldecott Medal for his adaptation of Aesops fable The Lion and The Mouse. Throughout his career, Pinkney has exhibited in over thirty one-man exhibitions and has illustrated postage stamps for the US Postal Service Black Heritage series. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, American Artist Magazine,The Horn Book Magazine,The CBS Sunday Morning Show and the PBS Reading Rainbow. From 2003-2009 Pinkney served on the National Council of the Arts.



$15 Non-members, $10 members, $7 students

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