Jason Chin is the author and illustrator of many picture books, including Gravity, Redwoods, Island and Coral Reef. His picture books are reminiscent of David Weisner-- in Coral Reefs we journey from reading a book about coral reefs to becoming part of the ecosystem itself, swimming among the creatures of the deep. Chin grew up in Lyme, NH, where as a child he became acquainted with Trina Schart Hyman, and eventually she became his mentor. Articles highlighting his work include:
- "Illustrator Explains Theory with Watercolor" (Burlington Free Press, about Gravity)
- "Out of this World" (Kirkus, about Gravity)
- "More Than An Island" (New York Times, about Island)
- "My, How You've Changed!" (School Library Journal, interview about Island)
- "Author Turf" Interview
- Interview with Winooski JFK Elementary School about Redwoods
Artist Deirdre Gill has recently launched her picture book career with Outside, which received a starred review in Kirkus. Kirkus writes "Readers will want to reread the simple but meaningful text and bask again in the glorious illustrations of this splendid debut." You can get a sense of Deirdre's illustrating style from the portfolio linked from her website here.
Jason and Deirdre come to the Children's Room on Saturday, November 15th from 11:00 - Noon. This event is free, and while it's designed for educators, anyone interested is more than welcome to join us. Certificates of attendance will be available for participants who can use them for continuing education credit.
To see earlier events in the series this year, check out this article on the Nonfiction Materials Review and this article on S.S. Taylor's Writing Workshop. To receive a twice-monthly newsletter with upcoming events, updates on previous events, and educator-related announcements, e-mail helen -at- bearpondbooks.com with "Subscribe to Educators List" in the subject.