There I was, listening to the best children’s book authors and illustrators at the Eric Carle Museum of picture Book Art, talking about what inspired them. I couldn’t write fast enough (yes, I took a flurry of notes) or listen hard enough. I strained my ears so I wouldn’t miss a word. And, there were so many words and ideas spoken. I wonder if the artists realize that while they shared their stories of inspiration, they were also inspiring their audience. Me!
When I read a book aloud, I tell children in my class, “The words go into your ears, then into your brain and straight to your heart.” Now, the tables were turned; I was the listener and that’s exactly what happened to me. Here are some of those words:
“When I was a Cub Scout, the King Tut exhibit was at a museum…
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