Ten Authors and Artists Share Their Inspiration

A Teacher's Reflections

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:

Mo Willems:
“When I was a Cub Scout, the King Tut exhibit was at a museum…

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