laurent brunhoff

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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.

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Yesterday at Mabel’s Fables in Toronto, bookaddict24-7, foldedbetweenthepages and I discovered an author autograph wall! I love this store and definitely hope to get back there some time this summer. 

Signatures photographed: 

- Anne Brashares
- Cassandra Clare
- Rick Riordan
- Maggie Stiefvater (not certain can anyone confirm? maggie-stiefvater perhaps?)
- Laurent de Brunhoff (Babar! 🐘), Margaret Atwood, Gayle Forman
- Laini Taylor
- And the last one I just loved the quote, does anyone recognize the signature?