The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to announce its Annual Educators’ Night on October 30, 2013, featuring a conversation and book signing with award-winning author Jack Gantos, as well as presentations from educators about integrating the arts into the classroom. The event begins at 4:30 pm and is free and open to all educators as space permits.
“Dead Ends, Rotten Ralphs, Jacks and Joeys: A Conversation with Jack Gantos” will be facilitated by Cathryn M. Mercier, Director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College. Gantos will discuss his extensive career in literature and children’s book writing, and then conclude the evening with a book signing.
Prior to the presentation with Jack Gantos, five educators and artists will share the innovative ways they teach through the arts — theater, music, film, visual arts, or dance. All presentations will be in the spirit of the dynamic Japanese presentation style PechaKucha, in which every presenter chooses 20 slides and shows each for 20 seconds, limiting each total presentation to six minutes and forty seconds.
Free materials for classrooms will be available and light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (413) 658-1126.
This event is FULL; please call (413) 658-1126 to be added to the waitlist.
Schedule of Educators’ Night Events at The Carle
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Browse the museum; receive free materials for classrooms and a 10% discount in the Museum Shop (Members 25%)
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Teacher presentations on innovative ways they teach through the arts
5:15 – 5:30 p.m. Break and refreshments
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Conversation with Jack Gantos, facilitated by Cathryn M. Mercier
6:30 p.m. Book signing with Jack Gantos
Jack Gantos has written books for readers of all ages, from picture books to middle-grade fiction to novels for adults. His works include Hole in My Life, a memoir that won the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, and Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book. He owes much of his writing talent to the fact that he has kept a journal since childhood, and he has incorporated many excerpts from his journals into his books. Gantos developed the master’s degree program in children’s book writing at Emerson College and the Vermont College M.F.A. program for children’s book writers. A frequent conference speaker and university lecturer, he is known nationally for his creative writing and literature presentations to students and teachers.
A psychology major, Cathryn Mercier turned her acutely analytical mind to the study of children’s books, earning a Master of Philosophy in English, a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature and PhD in Children’s Literature. She has been teaching at Simmons College since 1985, where she directs the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, which includes the program for the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children held on-campus and at The Carle. Over the years, she has served on award selection committees for the Newbery, Caldecott, and Sibert Awards. A reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine, Mercier believes that the “work of the critic is not to ‘take apart’ a book, but to read well and deeply enough to offer insight and illumination to the text and to oneself.” She facilitates numerous Simmons College information sessions at The Carle and will also lead a professional development workshop this month entitled “So You Want to Choose the 2013 Caldecott?”