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Saturday, October 19 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Picturing the World: Nonfiction Picture Books

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Nonfiction stories for young readers have been gaining in popularity and critical acclaim; two of the four most recent Caldecott Medal winners have been picture book biographies. How do creators of nonfiction picture books choose their subjects and conduct research? How do they condense complicated life stories into thirty-two pages and select which details to include (and which to omit)? What is the role of illustration in bringing true stories to life on the page? These are just a few of the questions we’ll explore with authors of four exciting new nonfiction picture books, two about space and two about sports. Lesa Cline-Ransome is the author of several acclaimed picture book biographies; her latest, Counting the Stars, explores the life of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. Hayley Barrett also looks to the stars in her new book; What Miss Mitchell Saw is about the life of nineteenth-century astronomer (and Nantucket native) Maria Mitchell. On the sporting side, Karlin Gray’s Serena: The Littlest Sister is about tennis phenom Serena Williams, and Gloria Respress-Churchwell’s Follow Chester! traces the courageous story of Chester Pierce, Harvard’s first black football player. Whether you’re a parent, educator, librarian, aspiring picture book creator, or you just like a good (true) story, you’ll want to turn up for this fascinating session, hosted by Simmons University’s Megan Dowd Lambert, author of several picture books as well as the guidebook Reading Picture Books with Children.

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Megan Dowd Lambert

Megan Lambert is a senior lecturer in children’s literature at Simmons University. She writes and reviews for Kirkus Reviews and the Horn Book and is a consultant with Embrace Race: A Community about Race and Kids. She is an award-winning author of children’s picture books like... Read More →

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Lesa Cline-Ransome

Lisa Cline-Ransome is the award-winning author of multiple children’s picture books such as Satchel Paige, Young Pele, Before She Was Harriet, and more. Her latest release is the “detail-rich” (Kirkus Reviews) picture book biography of Katherine Johnson, Counting the Stars... Read More →
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Hayley Barrett

Hayley Barrett is the author of the picture book Babymoon (illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal), which follows a new family as they welcome a child into the world. She is also the author of What Miss Mitchell Saw (illustrated by Diana Sudyka), a nonfiction account of Nantucket astronomer... Read More →
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Gloria Respress-Churchwell

Gloria Respress-Churchwell is a children’s author, documentarian, and both a fiction and nonfiction writer. Her documentary and fictional history of Robert Churchwell, the “Jackie Robinson of Journalism,” is now on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African... Read More →
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Karlin Gray

Growing up, Navy “brat” Karlin Gray lived in ten houses and attended eight schools. Since then, she has worked in a variety of jobs in Florida, Virginia, New York and Connecticut. Gray is the author of Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still and An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Old South Mary Norton 645 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116