We would ordinarily blog about Leonard Weisgard on his birthday, which is in December, but since we are featuring his illustrations for “Pantaloon” this week, we thought we would do it early (or late).
Leonard Joseph Weisgard (1916-2000) was an American illustrator who flourished in one of the golden ages of children’s books; that period after WWII when color printing got affordable and the children born after the war were of an age to want picture books.
His best-known book is “The Little Island” for which he won the Caldecott Medal in 1948. This was one of the many collaborations he had with the wonderful children’s author, Margaret Wise Brown.
Currently we are printing several of his illustrations on cards, part of our new series of images taken from Little Golden Books, in collaboration with Diane Muldrow, author of the best-selling book, “Everything I Need to Know I learned from a Little Golden Book.”