Jenny Schwartzberg from The Newberry Library wrote this great post on Child Lit and graciously agreed to share with all of you:
I wanted to ask you all to think about taking your Thanksgiving Weekend family and friends who are visiting your local town or city to children’s book related things. We talk about the importance of children’s books, but how often do we take children and families to plays based on children’s books or exhibits about children’s books? They are a great way to get children to enjoy these particular books and to share your own love of children’s books. Check your local newspaper and online sources for what’s open this coming weekend and go share your passion with family and friends!
Here’s a brief list of what’s going on in the Chicago area that are children’s books related (there are lots of other children’s events too…) during this holiday weekend. I omitted the ones that are not based on specific children’s books or fairy tales and also the ones that start after this weekend:
- Adventure Stage Chicago’s production of Louis Sachar’s Holes
- Apollo Theater’s Hansel & Gretel
- Black Ensemble Theater’s The Other Cinderella
- Drury Lane Oakbrook’s A Christmas Carol
- Ford Center’s Wicked
- Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol
- Lifeline Theater’s Duck for President
- Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire’sAladdin
- Piccolo Theatre’s Robinson Crusoe
- Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre is restaging its very popular production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen (I saw and loved this the last time it was staged).
- Art Institute of Chicago: The Bill Peet Storybook Menagerie Exhibition
- Newberry Library: Artifacts of Childhood: 700 Years of Children’s Books (full disclosure: I’m curator of this exhibit so yes, there’s some self interest here (smile)).
I’m sure others on the list will point out events based on children’s books in the Chicago area that I missed. It would be fun to hear what’s happening around the country during the weekend that is children’s books based.
Jenny, this looks like such a great list. I don’t even know what’s going on in Nashville this weekend so this convicted me to do a better job keeping aware. This fall I went with middle school students to the Nashville Children’s Theatre production of Frankenstein and loved it. My students were amazed and would never have attended a live production if not for a school trip.
On an un-book related event, I am watching the countdown to the Christkindlmarket in Chicago. I loved the season while living in Germany. Our entire family would wander the stalls, with our freezing hands gripped around warm gluhwein, hot sausages, and potato pancakes. We’d visit live Nativity scenes, see children’s shows, and shop for small Christmas ornaments to give each other as gifts. Students didn’t have elaborate gift exchanges. Instead families would shop for unique ornaments to use as gifts. It was a wonderful family time and felt like we were in a storybook. I attended the markets in Ansbach, Rothenburg, and Nuremburg, Germany. I have yet to attend the one in Chicago. Have any of you ventured out for this event?