Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and not just because of the sweets. As a writer, I “dress up” as characters every day, inhabiting them from the inside. Halloween is an opportunity for everyone—writers and readers, kids and adults—to get creative and inhabit the character they’d like to be, if only for one night.
A new and exciting NYPL exhibition,The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter opens, tomorrow, June 21st in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building! This exhibition examines why children’s books are important, what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. It features more than 200 items from the Library’s collections including: Where the Wild Things Are, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Charlotte’s Web, Goodnight Moon, and many others. Be sure to visit The ABC Of It and see some of your favorite children’s books! Visit the NYPL site for more details.
“Classic children’s stories are timeless windows into the human psyche. With their embedded kernels of life wisdom and lessons about our desires they can teach us much about what it means to be human. Christian Jackson, a “gun for hire in the design industry,” has created a personal project that beautifully distills the elements of these iconic stories down to their essential elements… still enough to be easily recognizable.”
"Where’s Waldo? He won’t be difficult to find once the 25th anniversary kicks off for the bespectacled, and beloved, children’s book character. Englandwill get the global party started Thursday night, when it lights up its popular tourist attraction, the London Eye, in red and white stripes emulating Waldo’s classic jersey. On Friday, New York’s Empire State Building will follow suit when it, too, is lighted up in red and white.”