Click to search the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library Skip Navigation

Children's Literary Salons: The Children's Literary Salon: Cross-Cultural Children's Literature - Picture Books Beyond Words


Join French author/illustrator Marc Boutavant and American author/illustrator Carin Berger in a conversation with Leonard Marcus that touches on the similarities and differences of the American/French children's publishing experience.

A wildly sought-after, award-winning author and illustrator, Marc Boutavant is not only a talented book creator,  but a regular contributor of editorial illustrations to international newspapers and magazines as well. He is best known for his book Around the World With Mouk and for two popular series, Ariol and Mouk, whose characters have each been adapted into an animated TV series. Boutavant’s characters, cartoons, and picture books have been him famous in France and popular throughout the world. His beloved donkey hero Ariol is being published in English by Papercutz (Ariol: Just a Donkey Like You and Me). Another book in English for the first time and available this month is Ghosts, published by Enchanted Lion Books. More info.

Carin Berger has designed book covers for all of the major publishers. Her first picture book, Not so True Stories andUnreasonable Rhymes, was published by Chronicle Books in 2004 and she has been writing and illustrating picture books ever since. She was awarded the Society of Illustrators Founder’s Award in 2006, The Little Yellow Leaf was named one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 2008 by The New York Times and Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant was named Best of Show in 3x3 Magazine's Children's Book Show. She lives with her family in New York City. Her website.

Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world's leading writers about children's books and the people who create them. His own award-winning books include Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon; Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom;Minders of Make-Believe; The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth; and Show Me a Story! A frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and the Horn Book magazine, he is a founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Currently living in Brooklyn, he teaches at NYU and is also on the faculty of the MFA Visual Narrative Program at SVA. His website.