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.
Norton Juster is perhaps best known for his children’s classic The Phantom Tollbooth. The year 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of The Phantom Tollbooth, which has sold close to four million copies since its publication. In addition to The Phantom Tollbooth, he has also penned a number of other highly acclaimed children’s books, including The Dot & the Line, which was made into an Academy Award-winning animated film, and the recent The Hello, Goodbye Window, illustrated by Chris Raschka, which was awarded a Caldecott Medal.
Mr. Juster’s talk will be moderated by Megan Lambert, an instructor with the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College; she teaches on the Boston campus and in the satellite graduate programs at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.