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Three articles about Dave the Potter

Bryan Collier

Bryan Collier with his wife, daughter, and newborn baby daughter on Easter, April 2011.

In addition to the four information books we’re reading this week, there are also three articles from the July/August 2011 Horn Book Magazine related to Dave the Potter:

Personally, I love learning about the background of books and hearing how they are used. I also like hearing commentary tracks on DVDs after watching a movie. Does knowing more about the creating process help you appreciate the book more? Or does it take away some of the magic?

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Lolly Robinson is the creative director for The Horn Book, Inc. She has degrees in studio art and children's literature and teaches children's literature at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees and blogs for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.



  1. Sunny Zhang says:

    A key theme stood out to me as I read all three of these articles- the word and concept of “connection”. The desire to connect with others is very human, and we can all relate. In some situations where there physical or societal constraints that maybe come about to limit those connections, that desire within us to connect can be so strong and passionate that we find ways to break free of those limitations regardless of how salient they may be. Dave the Potter found ways to harness that desire to connect through his pottery and poems, Bryan Collier was able to beautifully illustrate the book about Dave the Potter through his ability to connect and collaborate with many other stakeholders in creating the book, and Megan Lambert was able to connect with her children and help her children connect with their heritage through the use of many beautiful picture books. We all want to connect with one another, to our history and to our present, and I’m seeing how picture books is a powerful tool we can use to do so.

  2. Jessica Jones says:

    I read the three articles before I read Dave the Potter and I think I had a bigger appreciation for the story than I would have had if I read the articles after reading the story. Of the three articles, Bryan Collier’s acceptance speech had the biggest impact on what I was thinking as I read Dave the Potter. I thought about Dave’s history, the time period he lived in, and how “the story about Dave the Potter was never meant to be told.” I don’t think it takes away the “magic” from the story but rather adds more to think about and reflect on. I appreciated the research that was done to capture Dave the Potter.

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