The chance to see M.T. Anderson speak at length on any topic should be celebrated in and of itself. But to see him speak on the topic Wardrobes and Rabbit Holes: A Dark History of Children’s Literature (just this past November 7th) is the icing on the cake. As you may remember I’ve a book coming out of Candlewick with Jules from 7-Imp in the Fall of ’13 and much of what we discuss ties in beautifully to what Tobin’s saying here. I’m particularly pleased by his reading of The Rabbits, which is illustrated by Shaun Tan and left a hole in my soul when I read it for the first time. In a good way, of course. By the way, love the fact that Cornell has the first Newbery Medal. NYPL has the eighth. Makes me wonder where the rest now reside. Many many thanks to Jules for the link.
I don’t think I’m alone in saying that if the TED people were to call me up, last minute, and inform me that they had an opening and would I be interested in filling in a slot, that would be the definition of my worst nightmare. For author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka, however, it was just a remarkable opportunity. He also tells his amazing story, one which I’ve not really heard before.
I’ll go a far and long distance to watch someone read a picture book I love to a group of kids. Kid reactions rock. Particularly when they’re seeing a Jon Klassen book for the first time. This Is Not My Hat – Field tested. Child approved. And Ed Spicer would be your illustrious reader.
And for the final off-topic video (I’m assuming you watched ALL of the Tobin Anderson up top and have very few minutes left in your day, so we’ll keep it short this week), this is a treat. A treat that you’ll find yourself repeating to yourself in your own head for hours at a time if you’re anything like me.