A Country Mile

Confessions of a Non-Illustrating Author

He’s color blind.   He’s artistically challenged.  And he was a child who couldn’t read in fourth grade. How, then, did Gary D. Schmidt come to stand before us at the Mazza Museum of Art this morning as a Newbery Honor-winning author?  Because a fourth grade teacher took a personal interest in him.  She gave him books, even if they […]

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Knock, Knock! Who’s there? It’s David Ezra Stein!

The Mazza Fall Conference continues with yet another Calecott winner.  David Ezra Stein confessed that his 2011 Caldecott was inspired by a knock-knock joke.  Maybe you’ve heard it.  It goes: Knock, Knock Who’s there? Interrupting chicken Interrupting chicken…. Bock, Bock, Bock! Perhaps it’s funnier in person. But nothing’s funnier than listening to David Ezra Stein […]

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The Mazza Medallion of Excellence for Artistic Diversity

Isn’t that a mouthful? This evening, artist David Macaulay joined a prestigious list of Medallion recipients which includes Ted Rand, Robert Sabuda, and Paul Zelinsky to name just a few.  With great enthusiasm, Dr. Jerry Mallett welcomed before  a packed house the British-born, architecturally-trained, RISD instructor who introduced young readers to a fresh perspective in informational picture […]

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Let the blogging begin!

So, today begins the Mazza Fall Weekend Institute! And yours truly will be blogging almost-live, up-to-the-minute updates on the action! Can’t wait to watch as David Macaulay is awarded the Mazza Medallion this evening! And tomorrow? Oh, get this – two famous Steads, one amazing Stein, an unforgettable Schmidt, one Muth, and the one and […]

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Mazza Friday

It happens every year.  We get to Friday morning of the Mazza Summer Institute and we wonder “How? How can this day even hope to live up to the previous four?”  This past week, we’ve heard from children’s book illustrators and authors whose work could be described with words such as: adorable, interesting, bold, subtle, delightful, […]

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Mazza Thursday

On a cloudy Thursday morning, the skies opened up, and I promise you, the corn lifted its leafy arms to the heavens and said, “Thank you!”  Here’s a picture of the happiest ear of corn I’ve ever seen.  I know you’re asking yourself, “what does this have to do with art from children’s picture books?”  Well, I […]

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