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August children’s lit events

After a few whirlwind months, August is a little quieter — but there are several children’s literature–related events coming up in the Boston area. Are you attending or hosting an August event we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Author/illustrator Jim Arnosky (All About Sharks, Thunder Birds: Nature’s Flying Predators, and many more) will play his original nature songs and discuss his illustration process at on Thursday, August 8th at 2:00 pm at the Boston Public Library’s Charlestown Branch. A book signing will follow the presentation (free books will be available for child attendees). The event is free but ticketed; pick up a ticket the day of the event.

On Friday, August 9th at 10:30 am at the Carle Museum, illustrator Kathryn Brown will read her latest book, Nora’s Chicks (written by Patricia MacLachlan), and talk about her artwork in a special storytime. The event is free with museum admission and will be followed by a book signing.

Also on August 9th at the Carle, local author/illustrator Astrid Sheckels will read her new book Nic and Nellie and share her original sketches. A book signing will follow. The event begins at 2:00 pm and is free with museum admission.

The Carle’s exhibit “Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems” is open now through February 2014. A companion exhibit entitled “Don’t Pigeonhole Me!”, featuring Willems’s non-illustration art, will be on display at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton until August 30th.

A professional development seminar on “The Whole Book Approach” will be held at The Carle on Friday, August 16th. The seminar will be led by Emily Prabhaker and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is required; fees are $40/general and $35/members.

The Edward Gorey House’s 2013 special exhibit, featuring original art from the “three volumes of moral instruction” in Gorey’s Vinegar Works boxed set (The Insect God, The West Wing, and his best-known work, The Gashlycrumb Tinies) is open now through the end of the year.

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. I toured the Edward Gorey House and saw the exhibit two weekends ago! I’m a fan of Gorey’s macabre humor and artwork, and I enjoyed learning more about him and his work (I hadn’t known he created intros for PBS’s Mystery series – very cool! And his Dracula stage sets were so fitting for the subject matter). If you find yourself on the Cape this year, it’s worth a visit!

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