This will perhaps be of the most interest to school librarians. Know a teacher? Then check out the Chris Van Allsburg Writing Contest. Any classes in grades 2-8 can participate. You just write stories to accompany the pictures in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick and win fabulous prizes as a result. Contest ends January 15, 2008. Personally, I think the grandest grand prize would be to have Mr. Van Allsburg visit the winning class, but having his full autographed library ain’t too shabby neither.
My husband has a million different idea for a million different scripts. One of them involves the history of Dadaism, so you can imagine how much I enjoyed the recent Onion article Hard to Tell if Wikipedia Article on Dada Has Been Vandalized Or Not.
And finally, those of you currently living in Delaware will get a chance for a little kidlit fun of your own soon. Here’s the official press release:
On September 15, the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in Winterthur, Del., will unveil its "K Is for Kids" exhibition, an alphabetical exploration of the museum’s collection of American antiques and decorative arts. A rhymed verse will accompany an object from the Winterthur archives for each letter of the alphabet, and a number of early primers, hornbooks and other alphabet-related objects will be on display as well. The museum will host special events throughout the course of the show; next April, children’s book author Jane Yolen (How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?), who has been named honorary ambassador for the exhibition, will be on hand for a weekend’s worth of events. "K Is for Kids" will be on view through July 13, 2008.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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