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Working with Amelia Bedelia in Paris

By Lynne Avril Every year, Amelia Bedelia and I spend two months in Paris, rejuvenating my artistic spirit. For me, it’s a shot in the arm—I see inspiration everywhere. This year, I completed the final art for two new Amelia Bedelia books while we were there—an I Can Read, and a chapter book. It kept [...]

String! Or, Where Ideas Come From #4(th Thursday in November)

By Lynne Rae Perkins My grandmother once knitted a dress out of lavender string. “String!” my mother said. “And she was a large woman for a while. She lost weight later. “She had one of those circular needles and she just kept knitting around and around. She knitted it for herself. She wore it a [...]

In the studio with Michael Hall

In It’s an Orange Aardvark!, a carpenter ant drills a series of holes through a wall in his stump in order to see what’s outside. With each hole, a different color of light enters the dark stump; and with each new color, another ant—who’s convinced himself that a hungry aardvark lurks outside—makes more and more [...]

A Library Talk, with Turtles

Naomi Shihab Nye’s newest novel, The Turtle of Oman, was just published, and Naomi is on the road talking about it. And writing poems about the experience.   Library Audience   There’s a gentle young man in a black shirt who didn’t listen very well when he was in middle school but wants to listen [...]

Moose have feelings, too

You guys, a very patient and thoughtful Moose would like everyone to know that September 23 is not only Jason Alexander’s fifty-fifth birthday, it is also the day that Moose–and Zebra’s (and Kelly Bingham’s and Paul O. Zelinsky’s)–fabulous follow-up to Z Is for Moose is available in stores everywhere. It’s called Circle, Square, Moose, and [...]