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Books on Film: Getting to Know James Marshall

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“Jimmy, you will never be an artist.”

I love this Weston Woods video featuring children’s literature legend James Marshall. The story of why he stopped drawing as a kid is equal parts heartbreaking and triumphant.

(via Austin Kleon)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I would love to see the stereotypical Indians in books he illustrated redone! George in headdress in a GEORGE AND MARTHA book and the dog in the STUPIDS books…

  2. Deb Robl says:

    Thank you for posting this gem! I have always loved James Marshall, and I was so sad the day I learned that he died. He was truly gone too soon. Lucky for us that he defied that teacher and became an artist after all! He will forever make me smile.