Boston Public Library’s 2014 “Gateway to Reading” Lowell Lecture Series begins February 6 and runs through May. The library welcomes esteemed writers of children’s literature from toddler to teen genres. Bestselling authors and award winners are joined by noted experts and scholars in the field who explore major issues, questions, and scholarship around the creation of books for children and the importance of childhood literacy.
Jeff Kinney is the bestselling author and illustrator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which has more than 100 million copies in print in 44 languages around the world. Diary of a Wimpy Kid won Favorite Book at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards three times, and Jeff was twice voted Author of the Year at the Children’s Choice Book Awards. Jeff was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and is the creator of Poptropica.com, a virtual world for kids. The latest book in the series is Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 8, Hard Luck, which has the biggest first printing of any book in 2013, with more in the series to come.