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October 2013
$50 (Members $45)

So You Want to Choose the 2013 Caldecott? session 1

October 20, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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Two Sundays, October 20 and December 8 (must attend both sessions). (6 PDPs) Join us in a Mock Caldecott Committee that reviews, votes, and makes its own choice for the 2014 Caldecott Award. At our October meeting, we’ll review the award guidelines and start talking about eligible picture books from 2013. In November, we’ll ask for final nominations and at our December meeting, we’ll go through the Caldecott Committee process to name our selections of the most distinguished picture books…

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We Art Boston family event

October 20, 2013 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Rose Kennedy Greenway,
Atlantic Ave, & Milk St,, Boston, MA 02110 United States
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Paint the Greenway red! We Art Boston’s family event, held October 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, will feature plenty of free art activities for kids and adults. Several children’s book illustrators — including Rebecca Emberley and Irena Roman, as well as artists from Boston Center for the Arts — will be on hand to guide experimentation with watercolor and collage. We’ll also have a book-making table, featuring author/illustrator David Macaulay, where kids can…

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Information Session: Simmons College MFA in Writing for Children at The Carle Museum

October 20, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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Simmons College and The Carle are delighted to announce the expansion of our partnership offering graduate programs in children’s literature at The Carle to include: the continuation of the MFA in Writing for Children program, a new MA in Children’s Literature, and a new joint degree combining the MFA/MA degree programs. Attend an informational session at the Museum to learn about the programs, how to apply, and meet representatives from Simmons and the Museum. To register, click here. For more…

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free with museum admission

Matthew Van Fleet at The Carle Museum

October 20, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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Join New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator Matt Van Fleet for a reading of his latest pop-up book, MUNCH!, a humorous look at how animals munch, crunch, and eat! In this hands-on read-aloud, tabs and textures animate the madcap antics of a cast of frolicking critters whose mouths are made to do more than eat. Matt will also be talking about his creative process, taking questions, and signing books. www.dragonflys.com

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Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand at Barefoot Books

October 20, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Barefoot Books Concord Studio,
89 Thoreau St., Concord, MA 01742 United States
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Be sure to join Barefoot Books in Concord for avery special afternoon with the author of The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales! Author Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, herself a mother of three, will read selections from Jewish Tales at 2pm, and will then assist children in a Hebrew calligraphy craft. There will also be a Hebrew alphabet collage for younger children! All ages. FREE. RSVPs requested. This engaging collection includes eight delightful tales from the Jewish tradition. Each story has…

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Picture Book Morning Critique Group

October 22, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Writers' Loft,
20 North Main St. #360, Sherborn, MA 01770 United States
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A morning Picture Book Crit Group at The Writers’ Loft. This is a new crit group, held once a month, and alternating between Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:30-12:30.

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Maria Tatar at Cambridge Public Library

October 23, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cambridge Public Library,
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard University’s Maria Tatar presents “The Big Bad Wolf Reconsidered: Predator and Prey in Fairy Tales Today.” Professor Maria Tatar will track how fairy tales have been revived and reinvented over the past decades and how they have migrated into the mainstream of popular culture. Why is Red Riding Hood suddenly all the rage, and how has the story been refashioned to mirror our own fears and desires? Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and…

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What is ‘Ethnic Writing’? Panel Discussion

October 23, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grub Street,
162 Boylston St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116 United States
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Writers like Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Díaz, and Gish Jen have been wildly popular due to their brilliant abilities to document their cultural experiences while ensuring a firm narrative thread through their work that transcends culture alone. How, as writers, do we infuse our stories with the authenticity of culture without overdoing the ethnic elements of our work? How do we bring to the fore our thoughts on our backgrounds and experiences — from race-related ones to sexuality-related ones and beyond…

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Sensing Wonder, Serious Play: A Conference on Ecocriticism & Children’s Media

October 25, 2013 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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In 1962, Rachel Carson published her famous environmental treatise against the sterilization of Nature. Silent Spring was meant to capture the imagination of an adult audience. Three years later, Carson’s writing found a different audience with her posthumous, The Sense of Wonder, where she wished for all children “a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial,…

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Eileen Christelow at Brookline Public Library

October 25, 2013 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Brookline Public Library,
361 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02445 United States
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Author Eileen Christelow is coming to visit the Brookline Public Library! She’ll be talking about her newest book Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat. Ages 3 and up are welcome. It’s Halloween, and Lulu the babysitter is taking the five little monkeys trick-or-treating. Those silly monkeys decide that trading costumes with their friends would be fun… and chaos ensues. Will Lulu go home with the wrong trick-or-treaters? Will the trick the monkeys play on Lulu keep them from getting their treats? Eileen…

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