Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Family Field Trip!

Brandywine Museum to Host "Barry Moser: Bookwright" Exhibit 

If you live in the area of southeastern Pennsylvania or find you might be traveling there soon, be sure to check out the "Barry Moser: Bookwright" exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, which opens March 26 and continues through May 22.

This exhibition features the work of Barry Moser, the illustrator and bookwright whose limited editions and trade books transcend the ordinary, propelling each volume from a diversion into a fine work of art in its own right. Moser has illustrated and/or designed more than 300 books, and has won numerous awards, including the National Book Award for design and illustration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This exhibition will feature a selection of Moser's wood engravings, watercolors and beautiful limited edition books produced by his own Pennyroyal Press. 

The Brandywine River Museum is located west of Philadelphia and north of Wilmington, Delaware. For directions and more information about the museum, visit

Learn more about Moser and his work in the Boston Globe article "Moser's Lifework Thrives in Books" by James Sullivan.
Among the multitudes of engravings created by Moser over the years is this stunning image of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which Moser created for the art and literature anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out.
Our White House is a project of The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance designed to encourage young people to read more about America’s rich history and culture; to think more about America’s future; to talk more about our nation’s leadership; and to act on their own beliefs and convictions, ensuring this great democratic experiment will survive and thrive. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough introduces this creative tour de force, in which 108 renowned authors and illustrators have donated their poetry, prose, and art to help advance the cause of young people’s literacy and historical literacy. The illustrations, essays, short stories, presidential letters, personal reflections, and historical accounts in Our White House inform and entertain, offering a window on more than 200 years of American history.
Adults who live and work with young people will want to check out,  the companion educational website to Our White House, which hosts a vast array of exclusive articles and resources to make learning more about American history and our presidents fun.

Our White House is available in both hardcover and paperback. The new paperback edition features a NEW poem by Nikki Grimes about President Obama’s inauguration!