Children’s Book Illustrators, Author Come Celebrate Children’s Book Week

Contact: Erica Dean Glenn
Senior Librarian, Children’s Services
Berkeley Public Library

Children’s Book Illustrators, Author
Come Celebrate Children’s Book Week at the Berkeley Public Library

Berkeley, April 24, 2015—One of the best things about children’s books are the illustrations. Pictures bring the stories alive. We invited two outstanding book illustrators to celebrate Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015) at the Berkeley Public Library. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Annually, commemorative events occur nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect.

First, we welcome children’s book author/illustrator Jon Agee to the North Branch at 1170 The Alameda, on Wednesday, May 6 at 3:30pm. Mr. Agee has written and illustrated many delightful and humorous books for children, including: Terrific, Milo’s Hat Trick and many popular wordplay books about palindromes, oxymoron, anagrams and more. His newest, It’s Only Stanley, is about a dog whose tinkering and inventing is keeping the humans in his household up all night. Meet Mr. Agee, hear him read from some of his books, and learn what it is like to be a children’s book author.

Come to Central Library’s fourth floor Children’s Room as we welcome Christian Robinson, illustrator/animator and 2014 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Award for outstanding new illustrator of children’s book. Robinson visits us Saturday, May 9 at 3:30pm at 2090 Kittredge Street and Shattuck Avenue. He won the award for the book Rain by Linda Ashman. He has worked with Pixar Animation Studios, The Sesame Street Workshop and illustrated a number of award-winning books including Josephine, (Chronicle) a biography of Josephine Baker written by Patricia Hruby Powell that won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. His book illustrations have won a Robert F. Silbert Honor, and Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor. He also worked on Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio (Atheneum) which was named a Best Book of 2014 by Horn Book, Kirkus and Amazon. Robinson leads an interactive illustration activity and talks about books he has illustrated, including his newest New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street, (G.P. Putnam & Sons), written by Matt De La Peña.

These free events are sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library:

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