Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DESTINATION: Children's Books

 by Joan Waites

It’s Memorial Day, and the start of summer vacation for most schools is just around the corner. While classroom learning will soon give way to summer fun, if you are a lover of children’s books, and are interested in the art of children’s book illustration, you might want to add a stop at a location that showcases original art from classic to contemporary works.

Looking at original art up close and seeing the hand of the artist is a wonderful experience for children to have.  One of the highlights for students during my school visits this past year was showing original paintings from my books. Today’s children are so used to viewing things on a screen of some kind, that it was hard for them to believe these were “real” paintings done by hand. 

Below are a few locations to visit if your summer travels plans take you nearby.  This is not a complete list, but a sampling of what is available. Here’s wishing all our readers a great summer filled with reading, writing, and creating art!

North East
R.Michelson Galleries
132 Main Street | Northampton | MA 01060

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road | Amherst, MA 01002

Mint Museum Uptown
Levine Center
for the Arts
500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 337-2000

The St. Louis Children's Illustrated Art Museum
37 Crestwood Court,
Crestwood, MO 63126

Mazza Museum
The Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion
The University of Findlay
1000 North Main St.
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar - Abilene, Texas 79601 - (325) 673-4586 - info@nccil.org

The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street
The Presidio, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129

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