That's What She Wrote 12/16/18 - Our Favorite Picture Books with Peggy Lange by KZUM published on 2018-12-18T17:41:36Z Our Favorite Picture Books with Peggy Lange Peggy Lange is one of my dearest friends - and one the biggest fans of Children's Picture Books I know. Our conversation was largely about Margaret Wise Brown, author of such favorites such as Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and The Big Red Barn. MWB was a fascinating person and we discussed two biographies: Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon by Leonard Marcus and In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown by Amy Gary. Leonard Marcus was the Children's Book reviewer for Parenting magazine and his book offers more of a study about MWB's career, while the Amy Gray bio has more to offer about MWB's personal life - her tempestuous affairs and longtime relationship with John Barrymore's ex-wife, who went by the name, Michael Strange. Peggy & I also talked briefly about the Caldecott Medal and some of our favorite winners including: David Weisner (Tuesday, The Three Pigs, and Flotsam), Emily Arnold McCully (Mirette on the High Wire), Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Jumanji), Marcia Brown (Shadow, Once a Mouse, and Cinderella), Evaline Ness (Sam, Bangs & Moonshine), and Virginia Lee Burton (The Little House, Mike Mulligan & the Steam Shovel, Choo Choo, and Katy & the Big Snow).