This week, kids celebrate an author’s centenary; teams square off for children’s book trivia; and an author and illustrator give a high-spirited reading.
In honor of Ezra Jack Keats’s centenary, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation held a weekend of 100th-birthday celebrations from June 9–11 in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. In the Imagination Playground, a bronze statue of two Keats characters – Peter and his dog, Willie – was declared a literary landmark. Students from P.S. 321 and P.S. 9 wished Keats a happy birthday. Joining them (l. to r.) were Ellen Ruffin, curator of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, home to the Keats Archive; storyteller Tammy Hall; Deborah Pope, executive director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation; and Christian Zimmerman, chief landscape architect of the Prospect Park Alliance.
Fourteen teams competed at the third annual Children’s Book Boston Wicked Boston Children’s Books Trivia competition on June 13, which was held at M.J. O’Connor’s Bar in Boston’s Back Bay. More than 80 authors, illustrators, librarians, and other publishing professionals tested their knowledge on children’s books, while Jack Gantos (pictured here) hosted the evening’s festivities. The winning team – Frog and Toad Are Friends with Benefits — reigned victorious, ousting former champions Goldilocks and the Free Beers.
For the Love of Reading!
Author Minh Le and illustrator Isabel Roxas got on their feet to deliver a lively reading of their picture book Let Me Finish! (Disney-Hyperion) at Politics in Prose in Washington, D.C., on June 7. The book is about a boy who just wants to quietly read his book but keeps being interrupted by opinionated animals noisily shouting out spoilers.