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Press Release Fun: Children’s Literary Cafe for October

The Children’s Literary Cafe at New York Public Library is pleased to announce its October event this coming Saturday, October 3rd at 4:00:

From Picture Books to Comics

Picture books are one thing. But comics? That requires an entirely different set of muscles. These author/artists have made the switchover from picture book formats to graphic novels, sometimes writing the books themselves, and sometimes adapting the words of others. What was their process? Who did they look at? What mistakes were made along the way? Join us as we discuss the similarities and differences between these two forms of visual illustration.

Geoffrey Hayes has written and illustrated over forty children’s books, most of them picture book fare, since 1976. Brother of underground comic artist Rory Hayes, Geoffrey has illustrated everything from his own Bear By Himself to Margaret Wise Brown’s When the Wind Blew. His Benny and Penny graphic novels have been produced by TOON Books.

Jarrett Krosoczka writes and illustrates picture books that focus on the psychologies of idiosyncratic, often hyperactive youth. His picture book titles have included everything from the rocking Punk Farm to My Buddy Slug. Most recently his graphic novel Lunch Lady was picked up recently by Universal with Amy Poehler to star.

Matthew Phelan illustrated the 2007 Newbery Award winning title The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron. His distinctive books have included everything from Sonia Manzano’s A Boxful of Kittens to Anne Rockwell’s recent picture book biography of George Washington, Big George. The Storm in the Barn is his first graphic novel.

The Children’s Literary Café is a monthly gathering of adults who are fans of children’s literature. Professionals, librarians, authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, teachers, and anyone else interested in the field are welcome to attend our meetings. The Literary Café provides free Advanced Readers galleys, a rotating series of talks with professionals in the field, and great conversation. This program is for adults only.

New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Berger Forum (2nd Floor)
5th Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018

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About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Nathan Hale says:

    Boo hoo. Wish I could be there.

  2. We wish you could too, Nathan. We do too.

  3. Monica Edinger says:

    Wow, this being later than usual, I might get all my chores done and actually make it! Yay!