Wednesday, February 11, 2009

February Literary Events Around the Country

Celebrate Children's Literature Throughout February

Chase away the winter blahs by celebrating Valentine's Day with a wonderful book. Check out the following recommendations of love stories to savour and events to share with your entire family!

Why Buy Candy When You Can Share a Story?
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Horn Book has published an online list of riveting love stories readers in grades 7 and up will enjoy. Check out the Horn Book’s list of suggestions and find a book or two to thrill your favorite Valentine!

Kids Y Authors
Families all over New England are invited to visit their local bookstore this Valentine’s Day to meet a diverse group of fabulous authors and illustrators who are anxious to meet young readers of all ages! Authors and illustrators will appear at bookstores from 10:00 AM to noon.

You can join author, illustrator, and NCBLA President Mary Brigid Barrett, along with Grace Lin, Laya Steinberg, and Nancy Viau at CURIOUS GEORGE & FRIENDS, at 1 JFK Street in Cambridge, MA. Barrett will be signing copies of Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out and assisting visiting youngsters in writing postcards to President Obama.

Please visit Kids Y Authors for a complete list of participating authors, illustrators, and booksellers.

Small Graces: A Painting a Month to Benefit the FCB
Author and illustrator Grace Lin’s painting for February is currently being auctioned on eBay to benefit the Foundation for Children’s Books in Boston. This month's painting (right) is painted in gouache on watercolor paper and features the Chinese proverb: "Kissing is like drinking salted water--you drink and your thirst increases." The auction ends Friday, February 13. Visit gracenotes to learn more about Grace’s artwork and auction, or visit eBay to make a bid!

Artwalk with the Artist
The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas is hosting several events featuring artist and writer Ashley Bryan beginning Thursday, February 12. Ashley Bryan's numerous awards and honors include the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, six Coretta Scott King Honors, the Arbuthnot Prize, and a Fulbright Scholarship.

Visit the special events listing on the NCCIL's website to learn more.

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