September is creeping up on us and while I’ll miss summer, Autumn in the Pioneer Valley has to be one of my most favorite things. Apple picking, fields of cornstalks and pumpkins, the gorgeous leaves and crisp hiking weather… And for many of you teachers and students, fall means back to school! I graduated from my Master’s program from Simmons College at The Carle back in May and it’s really hard for me to believe I won’t be going back to class when the rest of the grad students come back through our doors in a few weeks.
Especially when I hear that this fall for the first time they are offering a class in picture book illustration taught by Caldecott-winning illustrator Mordicai Gerstein! Students will learn the thought and process behind creating picture books straight from a master. I can’t imagine a better opportunity than that.
Many people have observed that The Carle is perfectly situated in the heart of children’s book country. We can boast the names of so many amazing children’s authors and illustrators who call the Pioneer Valley home. (Seriously, get me started and we could be here all day.) I feel so fortunate to have been able to take Simmons classes with their amazing Boston professors as well as have access to The Carle’s local resources, such as their original art archives, extensive research library and, oh yeah, visits to local artist studios. It’s the very best of both worlds.
So even though I won’t be attending class this fall, I’ll still look forward to seeing the students and teachers coming through each week. We’ll also have to take this opportunity to stock up on autographed Mordicai Gerstein books! Click here to see what signed books we already have in stock.