Posts Tagged ‘Jon Klassen’
Sunday, August 4th, 2013
The Carle is gearing up again for its annual benefit gala, The Carle Honors, held each September which celebrates and honors the amazing people in the children’s book industry, often the unsung heroes who help connect the world with quality literature and art for children. This year’s event will be held on September 26th at Guastavino’s in New York City. Details and ticket information can be found here. We are excited to announce this year’s honorees, given each year in four categories:
- Artist – for lifelong innovation in the field. This year’s honoree is Chris Van Allsburg, the groundbreaking artist and author and winner of two Caldecott Medals for, Jumanji and The Polar Express. Van Allsburg will be introduced by Jon Scieszka, founder of Guys Read and the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
- Mentor – editors, designers and educators who champion the art form. This year’s honorees are Lynda Johnson Robb and Carol H. Rasco
for their tireless advocacy for children’s literacy. Robb is Reading Is Fundamental’s Founding Board Member and Chairman Emeritus and Rasco its President & CEO. The two will be introduced by acclaimed writer and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky.
- Angel – whose generous financial support is crucial to making picture book art exhibitions, education programs, and related projects a reality. This year’s honoree is Phyllis Fogelman Baker, an influential editor and publisher dedicated to bringing fresh voices and exceptional books to children. Award-winning author and artist Rosemary Wells will present The Carle Honor to Fogelman Baker.
- Bridge – individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields. This year’s honoree is Barbara Bader, author of the seminal scholarly book, American Picturebooks from Noah’s Ark to The Beast Within. Her award will be presented by Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book.
In addition to the award ceremony, each year fans of children’s illustration eagerly look forward to the benefit art auction at The Carle Honors. This year’s pieces are absolutely amazing. A stellar cast of generous art contributors include Eric Carle, Tony DiTerlizzi, Richard Egielski, Tom Feelings, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, David Macaulay, Barbara McClintock, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, Susan L. Roth, William Steig, Chris Van Allsburg, Rosemary Wells, David Wiesner, Mo Willems and Robert R. Zakanitch. It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but I am so taken by this special piece by the late Tom Feelings.
You can preview the rest of the auction here and find all the bidding details.
What art piece would you love to take home?
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
We are so excited to welcome Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, the author and illustrator team behind this year’s Caldecott Honor-winning book, Extra Yarn, to The Carle this coming weekend. On Sunday, February 10th, these two creators of many bestselling picture books will talk about their process and collaboration and give us a little behind-the-scenes peek at this award-wining book. A book signing will follow. Click here for the details.
We encourage those who cannot attend to pre-order autographed copies online now and we will get them signed and ship them after the event.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Extra Yarn here at The Carle. When the book first released early last year, inspired by Annabelle’s penchant for knitting sweaters for just about everyone and anything, we thought we could find a few things around the museum that needed sweaters too. In honor of Mac and Jon’s Extra Yarn bookstore contest, we decided to knit (and crochet) a scarf for our Red Elephant sculpture in our courtyard and sweater for the Very Hungry Caterpillar in our bookstore.
You can read more about this fun Extra Yarn contest here and here.
In celebration of Mac and Jon’s visit, we are giving away a hardcover copy of Extra Yarn, autographed by both author and illustrator, to one lucky blog reader.
How to enter:
In Extra Yarn, Annabelle discovers a magic box of never-ending yarn. If you found a magic box, what would be inside and what would you do with it?
Tell us in comment below BEFORE 12 pm EST, Friday February 8, 2013 for a chance to win. One winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!
Mac Barnett was born to non-farmers in a California farming community and currently lives in Oakland, California. He is the author of the Brixton Brother series and several picture books, including Guess Again! and Chloe and the Lion (both illustrated by Adam Rex), and the Caldecott Honor and New York Times bestseller Extra Yarn. He’s on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center, and founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers.
Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the author and illustrator of the 2013 Caldecott Medal book This is Not My Hat, 2013 Caldecott Honor book Extra Yarn, 2012 Geisel Honor book I Want My Hat Back, as well as the illustrator of Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. He also created concept art for Coraline, the stop-motion animated film based on the book by Neil Gaiman.
Monday, September 10th, 2012
House Held Up by Trees
by Ted Kooser, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick)
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser is the author of this picture book that addresses the themes of change and nature. The story was inspired by seeing a house help up by trees, and this tale shows how that might have come to be. The book begins with a house that looks rather lonely on a newly planted lawn, but we soon see it from the woods as the house is inhabited by a family. Time moves swiftly in this book, so within a page turn, the children have grown up, and before too long the beloved house is abandoned. But not by nature. Beautiful illustrations show changes wrought by time and weather, and trees with layers of texture that suggest their power. Jon Klassen, who created droll animals for I Want My Hat Back, here uses some of the same brown tones and elegant textures to fit this story’s meditative tone.
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
It’s no secret that we love Jon Klassen‘s work here at The Carle.
First we went crazy over I Want My Hat Back. It was reviewed on Top of the Shelf by Jeannine, it made it onto Susan Bloom’s best picture books of 2011, and it was even Margaret’s staff pick for July. Then we got inspired by his book with Mac Barnett, Extra Yarn, and yarn bombed our Red Elephant sculpture. (We were an Honorable Mention). A young friend even put in their two cents about Extra Yarn for our Caterpillar Review. (Oooh and I got a sneak peek of his new book, This is No My Hat, due out in the fall from Candlewick and I can’t wait for you all to see it! You’re going to love it.)
So I was super excited to pick up these Jon Klassen notecards for our Shop this summer. How cute are these birthday cards? There’s something about the juxtaposition of the stoic blank expression on these animals faces and the party hats and balloons that just kills me.
I also love this crab congratulations card. Yay! You did it!
You can check out all the styles on our website here. I’m fairly certain everyone I know is going to be getting one in the mail this year. Love them!
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
While we love reading and reviewing picture books here at The Carle, sometimes we need a little help! So, in our cozy reading library at The Carle, we’ve invited our child visitors to take a moment after reading a book, to write or draw a little about what they thought. What did they like or not like about the book? Would they want to read it again or was it so boring they couldn’t even finish? Was there something special about the illustrations that caught their eye? Whatever they thought, we wanted to know!
This week, Keith was able to help us out with a review of Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Balzer & Bray, 2012).
Here’s what Keith thought: (Spoiler alert!)
“I loved it because the robbers did not get yarn.” Keith gave this book five caterpillars out of five caterpillars. That’s about as good as it gets! Thanks, Keith!
Saturday, January 7th, 2012
I’m so excited to be a judge for this year’s CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) in the Fiction Picture Book category. For months, the first panelists have been reading and analyzing hundreds of books from 2011, which were nominated by the public, and have finally chosen the best of the best. The categories for the awards include: Book Apps, Easy Reader & Early Chapter Books, Fantasy & Science Fiction for Middle Grade, Fantasy & Science Fiction for Young Adults, Fiction Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade Fiction, Nonfiction for Middle Grade and Young Adults, Nonfiction Picture Books, Poetry, and Young Adult Fiction.
Now, the judges must pick a winning book from each group of finalists in each category. You can see the full list of finalists here. It’s definitely going to be a tough call. There are so many amazing books on these lists!
Here are the finalists for the Fiction Picture Book category. How will we ever pick ONE?
Blackout by John Rocco (Hyperion)
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea, illustrated by Tom Slaughter (Blue Apple Books)
I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn, illustrated by Julia Denos (Abrams for Young Readers)
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)
Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown)
Press Here by Herve Tullet (Chronicle Books)
The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett, illustrated by Poly Bernatene (Walker Books for Young Readers)
What do you think? Do you have any favorites from the list? Is there something you were hoping would make the final cut, but didn’t?
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press, 2011)
Droll illustrations primarily in shades of brown and red, “created digitally and in Chinese ink,” are a perfect foil for this narrative about a lost hat. A bear’s simple, serious sentences make us smile as he questions animals who aren’t helpful, but display nice manners. His replies stay trim and realistic. Even punctuation is spare. Instead of quotation marks, different colors indicate a change in speaker, and different size fonts suggest heightened feeling and raised voices with more verve than exclamation points could. The understated humor has been delighting many at story hour. The ending is ambiguous to some, hilarious to others, but almost all children and adults are happy with the laughs along the way.
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