Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Author Birthday

Today, Please Touch Museum is celebrating the birthday of a wonderful author: Jon Scieszka!

Jon Scieszka is most familiar for his work as a writer of irreverent children's books. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, his first picture book, was published in 1989 and he has since published numerous books, picture books and middle grade books, that have garnered critical accolades and several awards. Scieszka is also a prominent reading advocate: he founded the non-profit literacy organization “Guys Read” and also serves on the board of 826NYC, a non-profit that introduces children to the pleasures of writing. Last year, Scieszka was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.

We will be celebrating his birthday in our Program Room today with a special activity called "Build a House with Straws, Sticks, and Bricks." The activity is based on Scieszka's book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, which is a retelling of the story of the three little pigs from the wolf's point of view. At this activity, kids can try building a structure from three different building materials: straws, Lincoln logs, and blocks. By experimenting with the different types of materials, kids can intuitively learn about how each different piece fits together.

Here are some of our other favorite books by Jon Scieszka:
  • The Stinky Cheese Man, illustrated by Lane Smith
  • Smash! Crash!, illustrated by David Shannon, Loren Long, and David Gordon
  • Cowboy and Octopus, illustrated by Lane Smith
  • Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, illustrated by Mary Blair

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