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September 15, 1995

Library Publishes Lecture by Children's Illustrator Marc Simont

The Library of Congress has published a booklet of a talk and drawings by children's book illustrator Marc Simont. Marc Simont at the Library of Congress is the text of his May 8, 1992, lecture at the Library commemorating International Children's Book Day.

Edited and with a preface by Sybille A. Jagusch, chief of the Children's Literature Center, the softcover book describes his childhood and early decision to become an artist and illustrator of books.

The 32-page booklet includes 26 black-and-white illustrations by Mr. Simont. It also includes a list of selections from the 86 children's books he has illustrated, six of which he also wrote.

"Marc has a child's basic view of his world: open, fresh and innately questioning. All his work since he first set pencil to paper in studying drawing with his father shows this engaging quality as well as the endless watching and seeing that creates the artist," said Elisabeth H. Lansing, a children's author who wrote an introduction for the booklet.

The Children's Literature Center was established in 1963 to provide reference and bibliographic assistance to scholars, librarians, teachers, publishers, children's book authors and illustrators, and to recognize and encourage excellence in literature for children.

The booklet is available for $4 from the Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954; fax (202) 512-2250. Cite stock number S/N 030-001-00159-8 when ordering.

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PR 95-123
ISSN 0731-3527

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