Ten Authors and Artists Share Their Inspiration

I know that you have been enjoying some posts from Jennie Fitzkee’s archives in the last couple of weeks but here is one from yesterday that you should definitely head over and read. Jennie attended a seminar with talks from the best children’s illustrators and authors and was clearly in her kind of heaven. Finding out what inspires these artists is key to finding our own inspiration. #recommended

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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  1. Pingback: Ten Authors and Artists Share Their Inspiration | Matthews' Blog

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