The most recent Intelligent Life includes a short piece about H.A. and Margarete Rey, the creators of the beloved Curious George children’s books—which, unsurprisingly, I adored. I even had all the videos, which my little brother and I used to watch pretty much ad nauseum (along with Mrs. Doubtfire and the Berenstein Bears series). The couple were both German Jews and escaped Paris in June of 1940, quite literally two days before the Nazis stormed in. They moved to New York, and that’s where the first book was published, followed by six more, all wonderful.
On that note, this timeline of children’s book history is worth checking out, if only for the nostalgia factor (I’d almost forgotten about Ezra Jack Keats!)