Archive for the ‘Children’s Book News’ Category
Thursday, October 20th, 2011
Have you visited our Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) yet here at The Carle? The BERL is a non-circulating research collection of roughly 3,000 professional resources and children’s books devoted to the study of children’s literature and the visual arts. The library is named for former Museum Trustee and Book Links Magazine founding editor Barbara Elleman (you may know her by her fabulous Top of the Shelf book reviews here on the blog). Barbara, with her husband Don, generously contributed the books that form the core of the collection. This library is a children’s book lover’s dream and a real amazing resource for teachers, librarians and students of children’s literature. If you haven’t visited yet, this weekend marks an excellent opportunity as we hold our first annual BERL lecture.
The BERL Lecture Series will feature the country’s preeminent scholars, book collectors, researchers, editors, authors and illustrators in the field of children’s literature. These events will be a must-see for all those serious children’s book lovers out there, especially if you’re like me and love learning everything you can about the literature, its history and the industry.
This first lecture will be presented by renowned editor, writer and teacher, Patricia Lee Gauch.
Patti and Ron Gauch
Patricia was Editorial Director of Philomel Books for almost 25 years and in that time worked with many well known authors and illustrators such as Eric Carle, Patricia Polacco, Brian Jacques, T.A. Barron, Andrew Clements and Loren Long. She was the editor behind three Caldecott medal-winning books: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr, Lon Po Po by Ed Young and So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George, illustrated by David Small. She also edited Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskin, which won the 2010 National Book Award. In addition to editing, Patricia has also written 39 books of her own, including the Tanya series, and has taught writing and children’s literature at college level. What an amazing wealth of knowledge about children’s books and the industry she must have!
The lecture programming begins Friday, October 21st, with a workshop on picture books led by Patricia, called “Creating a Picture Book: An Editor’s Eye View.” Then on Saturday, October 22nd, we’ll be hosting an informal brunch with Patricia, who will be discussing specific art pieces from books she has ushered through the publication process. Following, Director Alix Kennedy will lead a sneak peek tour of the new Jules Feiffer exhibition, Growing Every Which Way But Up: The Children’s Book Art of Jules Feiffer, which opens to the public next week. Brunch is at 11:00 AM and cost is $25. Registration is required by calling 413-658-1126.
At 1pm Patricia will lead a spirited presentation in our Auditorium, called “The Picture Book as an Act of Mischief.” The lecture will celebrate the magic and mystery of the picture book as a key genre in literature for children. A book signing and reception will follow. Free with museum admission.
I am so excited for this series, offering the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the great and influential people of the children’s book world. Hope to see some of you this weekend!
Thursday, October 13th, 2011
We are so excited about this month’s Book Talk interview! This Sunday, October 16th we won’t have just one illustrator here at The Carle for an interview, we’ll have five! This Sunday join our bookseller Andy Laties and our friend (and one of our favorite customers) Susannah Richards for a lively interview with five amazing picture book illustrators:
John Bemelmans Marciano
These illustrators are just part of the group, The Book Maker’s Dozen, a collaboration of 13 fabulous children’s book illustrators, who share studio space in Brooklyn and help promote each other’s work. Want to see what some of their studios look like? Betsy Bird wrote up a nice photo tour on her blog. Very cool!
Sunday is going to be a full day of fun because after the interview in our auditorium, we’ve invited them all to do story times in our Library and art demonstrations in our Art Studio in the afternoon, along with a big ‘ol book signing outside the Shop. I hope to see you all here!
For our schedule of Book Talk interviews here at The Carle, click here. Was there an interview you missed? Starting next month we’ll be releasing recordings of each of the interviews here on the blog. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Tomorrow, Thursday, October 6th, is Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record literacy event. Millions of people all around the world are pledging that they will read this year’s chosen book, Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dowdney together all on the same day with children in their life or local area.
Jumpstart, working with the Pearson Foundation, started this campaign six years ago to call for an end to America’s early education achievement gap. “Millions of children in low-income neighborhoods are at risk of school failure before they even start kindergarten.” Jumpstart’s Read for the Record event acts as a world-recognized statement that we pledge to make time to read to children and make sure they get the quality early education that they deserve. Last year over two million people around the world read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats together, and this year we hope to break the world record again with 2.5 million!
Want to join in? Take the pledge online and tomorrow, read Llama Llama Red Pajama to young children in your area. Many of the staff here at The Carle are offering to do a Read for the Record storytime in their child’s classroom or at the local library. If you’re in the Amherst area tomorrow, you can even come to The Carle’s official Read for the Record Storytime and be counted in our pledge. At 11:00 am we’ll be reading Llama Llama Red Pajama in our Reading Library, followed by a special activity in the Art Studio. We have copies of the book for sale in our Shop, or if you’re in a pinch, you can find a free copy to read online here.
We hope you’ll join us, either here or in your local area, to be counted for this celebration of books and literacy. “Sit down to read. Stand up for children.”
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
In 1974, a young french aerialist, Phillipe Petit, stretched a tightrope between the massive World Trade Center towers. There, a quarter of a mile in the sky, he performed tricks — walking, dancing and jumping on the tightrope to the fright and delight of onlookers. Petit’s daring stunt has become part of the history of New York City, and, like the towers of the World Trade Center, will forever live in our memory.
Join author/illustrator Mordicai Gerstein in our Auditorium on Sunday, September 11th at 1pm as he tells the story behind his Caldecott-winning picture book, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers on this day of remembrance.
Admission to the museum will be free all day, Sunday September 11th. A book signing will follow Mordicai Gerstein’s presentation.
Can’t make it to the event? As always, you can pre-order your books online and we’ll ship them to you, autographed, after the event. We hope to see you here on Sunday!
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
This day in 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to us all as Dr. Seuss, was born in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Working in a children’s bookstore, surrounded by friends and old classmates who are also children’s book aficionados, I sometimes forget that the rest of the world doesn’t quite have the same working knowledge of children’s books. What I have found, however, is that if someone only knows one creator of picture books, it’s usually Dr. Seuss. By now, almost 75 years after the publication of his first children’s book, entire generations have been touched and enchanted by Dr. Seuss’ nonsense rhymes and wildly imaginative characters. But where did he get all of his such wonderfully entertaining ideas? I was delighted when I stumbled across this old interview with him in an issue of The Horn Book Magazine from 1989. I think his answers capture his sense of humor and playfulness just right:
How do you get your ideas for books?
This is the most asked question of any successful author. Most authors will not disclose their source for fear that other less successful authors will chisel in on their territory. However, I am willing to take a chance. I get all my ideas in Switzerland near the Forka Pass. There is a little town called Gletch, and two thousand feet up above Gletch there is a smaller hamlet called Uber Gletch. I go there on the fourth of August every summer to get my cuckoo clock repaired. While the cuckoo is in the hospital, I wander around and talk to the people in the streets. They are very strange people, and I get my ideas from them.
Excerpt from the Horn Book Magazine, Vol. 65., pp.582-588 © 1989 Glen Edward Sadler.
Although he became a world-renowned bestselling children’s book author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss was not an instant success. Sitting in my History of Publishing class, I remember being shocked when my teacher, Anita Silvey, told us he had been rejected 27 times by 27 different publishers with his first book (And To Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street). A pure stroke of luck had a dejected Dr. Seuss walking home only to run into an old friend from Dartmouth College who had recently been made children’s book editor and agreed to publish Seuss’ book. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Anita has the full story today over at her wonderful blog, Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac.
In other shocking Dr. Seuss facts, I recently saw some unorthodox Dr. Seuss taxidermy at the local R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA. Very bizarre and very funny. Check it out!
If you’re in the area, why not celebrate this special day with a trip to Springfield’s Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Gardens.