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June 30, 1993

Library of Congress Publishes Leo Lionni Lecture

The Children's Literature Center in the Library of Congress has announced publication of "Leo Lionni at the Library of Congress," a lecture given by the author-illustrator at the library on May 12, 1988, as part of its second annual celebration of International Children's Book Day.

International Children's Book Day observances are conducted throughout the world each spring to commemorate the birthday of the Danish storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen, and recognize the trans-global aspects of children's literature. The observances are sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People, based in Basel, Switzerland.

The Library of Congress programs have been presented since 1987 with the support of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, founded by the late artist and illustrator to provide support for the arts and other purposes.

Amsterdam-born Lionni was guest of honor at the 1988 celebration at the library. A graphics designer and illustrator for major United States publications, he has created more than 30 books for children. In his lecture, and now in its published version, Lionni allows glimpses of his creative processes at work.

The published lecture is illustrated in color with characters from Lionni's books. It was edited by Sybille Jagusch, chief of the Children's Literature Center, who also wrote the foreword. The 28- page soft cover volume also contains a biographical essay on Lionni by Steven Heller, senior art director for the New York Times. It is available for $3.25 from the Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9328. The stock number is 030-001-00143-1. It is the second publication in Children's Literature Lecture Series.

The Children's Literature Center was founded in 1963 in the Library of Congress to provide reference and bibliographic assistance to children's book authors and illustrators, publishers, librarians, and scholars and to encourage recognition of excellence in literature for children. Although the Center does not offer programs directly serving children, its reference service, publications, and programs provide benefits to professionals who work in children's literature and these benefits are passed along to young readers.

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PR 93-088
ISSN 0731-3527

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