For most of us, story books are our first introduction to reading and letter recognition. For a lucky few, it’s a gateway to loving type. The Caldecott and the Newberry Medals, among the most prestigious American awards for children’s literature, evaluate books based on content and illustration; because typefaces do not fit neatly in either category, the role they play in enchanting young readers and building early literacy skills is often overlooked. Kate will explore how type can be used for good and evil in the rich world of children’s books.
Kate Long, Letterform Archive’s assistant librarian, has a profound interest in book arts, typography, and concrete poetry, stemming from high school where she made art with abandoned Letraset, and later as the editor of a literary magazine where she enjoyed working with designers, artists, and writers. She also gained an appreciation for 20th-century graphic design while at the award-winning studio, Office. Kate earned her MLIS through Drexel University, which will serve her well as she helps to preserve and catalog the collection. She relishes helping people access the things that interest them.