This past weekend was pretty exciting for BookWorms in our area! On Saturday, we attended the 2016 Boston Book Fest, and on Sunday, I went to Jon Klassen’s book signing at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In today’s post, I wanted to share a few of the things we learned at those events!
Event: Meet Jon Klassen
Location: Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
This event celebrated the newest in Klassen’s series of “hat” books, We Found a Hat. Throughout his presentation, Klassen read aloud each of the three hat books, sharing insight into his process for creating each spread. One of my favorite parts of the presentation was actually seeing some of the ideas that didn’t make it into a final book. Klassen showed sketches, book dummies, and a hysterical cover with nothing but the title “Something Happened” and a turtle flipped on his shell and looking distinctly unimpressed. The presentation was funny for both adults and children, and it was so interesting to see how these books developed over time.
The presentation was followed by a book signing, and it will come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following this blog for a while that this drawing is my favorite. Sam and Dave is one of my absolute favorite picture books and one that I love to read aloud. Check out our review and suggestions for using Sam and Dave in your own classroom!
You can also check out our review of Pax, which in a novel illustrated by Klassen.
For more information:
Eric Carle Museum:
Event: YA: Give Me the Creeps
Location: Boston Book Fest, Boston Public Library
This panel is perfect for the Halloween season and put three different YA horror authors in conversation about the genre and their work. The panel featured authors Margot Harrison, Dawn Kurtagich, and Kim Savage with moderator Laura Koenig.
One of the things I found most interesting about this discussion was that each of the authors talked about how their subjects frightened them. They focused on psychology and mood, even pulling in aspects of their own lives. However, they also discussed the cathartic process of writing about their fears and how, because their work deals with traumatic events, it can be a source of healing.
I also think it’s worth noting that some of these authors, in particular Dawn Kurtagich, credit horror with helping her to become a reader. Although she struggled with dyslexia, she found that the emotion and the separation from real life in horror books was a gateway to helping her develop an interest in reading. Kim Savage also noted the importance of classic horror stories in getting her interested in horror as a teen. It’s always exciting to hear of books that might work well for a reluctant reader, and I think some horror texts – Kurtagich recommends the Goosebumps series – might be perfect for that purpose.
For more information:
Margot Harrison: https://margotharrison.com/
Kim Savage: http://www.kimsavage.me/ (Some deleted chapters of Savage’s book After the Woods are available here, but you may want to wait to read them until after you’ve finished the book! https://www.bustle.com/articles/146814-in-kim-savages-after-the-woods-bonus-content-anti-hero-gets-to-tell-her-story-exclusive)
Boston Book Fest: https://bostonbookfest.org/
In tomorrow’s post, Barbara will be discussing a couple more of the panels we attended at BBF!