laurent brunhoff


A piece of children’s book history is now on display at Harvard’s Houghton Library: The library has acquired the sketches and proofs that led to Jean de Brunhoff’s ABC de Babar, first published in Paris in 1934.

Jean’s Babar books were inspired by the stories his wife, pianist Cécile de Brunhoff, told their children at bedtime. Jean wrote and illustrated seven Babar books before his death in 1937. After 1937, Jean and Cécile’s son, Laurent, picked up where his father left off, writing and illustrating more than 40 books about the beloved elephant.