May 2, 2010
News has reached us of the passing on May 2 of Louis' other son, Michael Slobodkin. Familiar to readers as Magic Michael,
he was said to be known to friends as an erudite, colorful and well-traveled polymath involved in many art forms, including membership in a choir under the auspices of the
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. We feel a profound regret for the loss of a man we wish we'd had the opportunity to know.
September 25, 2009
We deeply mourn the loss of Louis' son Dr. Lawrence B. Slobodkin, a seminal and central figure in the
development of ecology as a modern science. He died at the age of 81 in his home in Old Field, N.Y. and
is survived by his wife, Mrs. Tamara Slobodkin, his children, Naomi, Nathan Freeman and David, and two grandchildren.
New York Times obituary
May 5, 2007
Louis Slobodkin posthumously received the
this year at the University of Minnesota. The award is presented annually “in recognition of singular attainments
in the creation of children’s literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the
Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature.”
April 7, 2007
Please forgive another non-Slobodkin item ... but I convinced my Web Guy to post his one attempt at a children’s
book, a parody inspired by the Flat Stanley series done a few years ago in response to his nephew’s invitation to participate in their class project. The flat man gets reduced to a thin dime in
Stanley in Flatland
March 29, 2007
Web Guy would like to point out that Carol Reid (the humble and
charming librarian responsible for this site) holds a 1999 precedent for the term
“truthiness”a coinage Mr. Stephen Colbert has been claiming
subsequent to the American Dialect Society choosing it as the
2005 Word of the Year
On the March 26 Colbert Report, he also claimed the phrase “Librarians are hiding something”
as his personal intellectual property and went on to invite his viewers to share a photo op with him.
In return, we invite him (and you) to read
“Tonight's Word: Apologia (Im a Librarianand Ive Been Hiding Something).”
The nail gun is out and it’s loaded for Colbert.
March 26, 2007
received a nice mention
in Josephine Cameron’s blog, Please Come Flying
Props to Josie as a talented musician and songwriter
with a “daily-renewed sense of wonder.” Here’s wishing her many more magical Mondays (sans errant mouse clicks).
January 29, 2007
A Fuse #8 Production
called Io Sono “cool” and “lovely” [blush].
We'll take that as high praise, coming from a librarian cool enough to work “at the most succulent plum of children's branches in New York City” ... and
lovely?well, just look at her picture. A pleasure to light the Fuse.
January 23, 2007
Gail Gauthier of Original Content
had a look at Io Sono and concluded, “A great site.” We’re always pleased to hear a bon mot,
especially from a proand Gail is a children’s book author herself.
Check out her books
Louis Slobodkin is featured among his colleagues in
“A Concise History of Selected New York State Children's Authors and Illustrators”,
Carol's exhibit at the New York State Library.
(The link is to a PDF file of the exhibit labels.)
“Hunting Slobodkin” , Carol’s article about her adventures in Slobodkin book collecting for the IOBA Standard , the newsletter of the Independent Online Booksellers Association.
Slobodkin Exhibit at the Albany Institute of History and Art
October 22, 2006
“Louis Slobodkin: Albany Artist Rediscovered,” the text of a talk delivered by Carol Reid as part of the concurrent Albany Institute of History and Art exhibit.
September 16 December 31, 2006
Albany residents will be delighted to discover—or perhaps
rediscover—another native artist who was internationally
renowned in his time and remains beloved to this day.
The exhibition LOUIS SLOBODKIN: Albany Artist Rediscovered
reveals the artist as a master sculptor as well as a prolific,
inimitable, and endearing illustration stylist and storyteller.
Louis Slobodkin (1903-1975) attended Albany High School before
moving to New York City in 1918 to study at New York’s
Beaux Arts Institute of Design where he was awarded
a Louis Tiffany Foundation Fellowship along with twenty-two
medals for life study, composition, and drawing. In the
1930s, he directed the New York City Art Project’s sculpture
division, as well as contributing statues, reliefs, and panels
for government buildings in Washington, New York, and
elsewhere, including a featured statue of Abraham Lincoln
at the 1939 World’s Fair that became a focus of controversy
(ending regrettably in the destruction of the work by
sledgehammer). In 1941, at the urging of author and friend
Eleanor Estes, he illustrated her children’s book, The Moffats,
and three years later received the prestigious Caldecott
Medal—awarded to the artist of the most distinguished
American picture book for children—for his collaboration
with James Thurber on Many Moons, launching the next
stage of his career as a celebrated children’s book author and
On view in the Open Storage Viewing Room from September 16
through December 31, LOUIS SLOBODKIN: Albany Artist Rediscovered
features sculpture and drawings lent to the AIHA collection by Lawrence Slobodkin,
the artist’s son, as well as drawings, sketches, bronze and books from the collection
of Carol Reid, a Slobodkin historian and a co-curator of the exhibit with Daniel Lardner.