If you've ever looked at the spine or title page of an Arthur A. Levine book, you've seen our lantern logo. Over the years many have asked us what it means and why we chose it. So here is an answer in several parts!
To begin with, this particular lantern shape comes from the Arts and Crafts Movement. That movement, begun in Great Britain and spreading to Europe and North America in the last part of the 19th Century and early part of the 20th century, was a reaction against a perceived decline in standards represented by mass production.
The movement instead placed value on INDIVIDUAL artisans who created their work with care, integrity, and unique artistic skills. It also placed an extremely high value on quality materials that would enable the individual works to achieve great beauty that would stand the test of time.
If you look closely at the shape of the lantern you can also find the letter forms of our imprint’s namesake: A large A formed by the entire lantern, a smaller A within the grid lines holding in what would be the glass, and an L, forming the bottom and one side of the lantern.
Finally, and most importantly, though, we like the idea that a book can be a light in an individual reader’s life; that it can pierce the darkness of a difficult time, spark the growing light of understanding, or shine a way forward that might not have been visible before.
One of our editors found a wonderful quote from Medieval poet M. Ibn Ezra that expresses this philosophy so well: "A book is the most delightful companion.... It will join you in solitude, accompany you in exile, serve as a candle in the dark."
Since 1996, our talented authors and artists have been generously lighting paths with their books. And across those years, we've been honored to have many of the talented illustrators we've worked with create their own interpretations of the Arthur A. Levine Books lantern for us. You will find these pieces throughout this website: we hope you enjoy them and the book publishing they represent, as much as we have.