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Words and Pictures: Award-winning Children’s Book Authors

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm PST
1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

An event for all ages, offering a glimpse behind the scenes in the life of a children’s book author.

Four award-winning children’s book authors in conversation about children’s literature, writing and illustrating children’s books. Featuring Mac Barnett (The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse and Triangle), Vera Brosgol (Leave Me Alone!), Carson Ellis (Du Iz Tak?), and Javaka Steptoe (Radiant Child) with moderator Natasha Forrester Campbell of Multnomah County Library.

Wordstock admission is FREE for attendees 17 years of age and younger.

Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is the author of several books for children, including Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which won a Caldecott Honor and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award; Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, both also illustrated by Jon Klassen; and President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen and, most recently, What Is Love?, illustrated by Carson Ellis. Mac Barnett lives in California.

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Vera Brosgol

Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. Her first graphic novel Anya’s Ghost was published in 2011 by First Second and won Eisner, Cybils, and Harvey awards. Her picture book Leave Me Alone! was a 2017 Caldecott Honor book. She was a storyboard artist at Laika for ten years, working on animated films including Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and actually really likes camping now. Her most recent books Be Prepared and Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian. Find her online at verabee.com.
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Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe is a Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Illustrator award-winning artist, designer, and illustrator. His debut picture book, In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall, won the Coretta Scott King Award, and Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow (written by Gary Golio) received a Coretta Scott King Honor. He has also illustrated Do You Know What I'll Do? by Charlotte Zolotow, A Pocketful of Poems by Nikki Grimes, Amiri and Odette: A Love Story by Walter Dean Myers, Rain Play by Cynthia Cotten, and Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English, which received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. He is also the author and illustrator of The Jones Family Express and the Caldecott award-winning Radiant Child. 
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Natasha Forrester Campbell

Natasha Forrester Campbell is a Youth Librarian at the Multnomah County Library’s Hollywood location. In her professional life, she does programming and reader’s advisory for kids ages birth–18 and the adults who raise and teach them including storytimes for babies through preschoolers and moderating two family graphic novel book groups for kids and their favorite adults. She is a member of the Amelia Bloomer Project committee for the American Library Association’s Feminist Task Force, and when not actively librarianing she plays board games, walks her dogs, searches for the perfect taco, and collects picture books and graphic novels like a dragon hoards gold.
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