Many, many years ago when I began my college career in Elementary Education in Kutztown PA, I had no idea how much I would fall in love with children’s literature. I certainly didn’t know that many, many years later I would be organizing a home studio tour of one of the best children’s authors and illustrators that lives right there in Kutztown. Just a few miles down the road from my home is the home of Kevin McCloskey, and he has opened his doors to SCBWI members. During my children’s literature class at Kuztown University, I learned of a delightful story about a grandmotherly woman living alone in an apartment and her love of plastic pink flamingoes. A touching story with a soft ending that makes you want to just hug her! Now, I knew who the author/illustrator was at that time. However, it wasn’t until many, many years later, as I began my journey into writing children’s books of my own, did it hit me that Kevin penned that light- hearted tale. It takes on a whole new meaning for me now. His latest books have won a place on the shelves of the Amanda Stout Elementary library, where I serve as the librarian. I had the pleasure of hosting Kevin this school year as a visiting author. The students loved his pigeon hat, the worm races, and his fish facts.
On Thursday, July 5th, SCBWI members and friends are invited to meet children’s book creator Kevin McCloskey in his home art studio in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Kevin is excited to meet fellow authors and illustrators and talk to the group about his creative process and publishing journey. Following his presentation, he will answer questions and sign books.
Kevin is a Professor of Illustration at Kutztown University and the author-illustrator of four books in the Giggle and Learn series published by TOON Books. The books blend science, art and humor and have been praised by The New York Times as “a winning combination of facts and gross-out fun.” The first book in the series We Dig Worms was voted a Top 10 Graphic Novel and Best Children’s Book of 2015 by School Library Journal. Other titles in the series have been selected by the Junior Library Guild and honored by Bank Street College of Education.
While in Kutztown, please visit the Kutztown Folk Festival just a mile up the road on the grounds of the Fairgrounds, across from Kutztown University. Come out to meet and support a talented local author/illustrator using the link below.
Kevin McCloskey Studio Tour
When: Thursday, July 5th from 2 to 4 PM
Where: Kutztown, Pennsylvania in Berks County
No refunds after June 21st.
Questions: Please contact Nadine Poper at firstname.lastname@example.org