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Three articles about Dave the Potter | Class #4, 2015

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?

Lolly Robinson About Lolly Robinson

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. Sara Gordon says:

    I find it beneficial to read these background articles before reading the books (and then possibly again after reading the books myself, to compare my own experience with the one that might have been intended), especially when they give such a wide range of perspectives on the books (i.e., the illustrator himself, someone who knows the illustrator and either works with or knows people who work with him, and someone with kids with whom she discusses the book and appreciates their fascination with it).

    I believe that in general, knowing more about the background and the creating process adds to my appreciation of the book because it gives it a richness that I would not be aware of had I not done my own research before reading the book. Especially because a lot of the focus is on the illustrations, having the background information is helpful, since otherwise I probably wouldn’t know exactly what I am looking for, why certain details are important, etc.

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