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Star Struck!

by Dawn Stoops | Nov 16, 2015

To a librarian, a children's book author or illustrator is like a rock star. Well, this weekend I spent some time with SIX rock stars of the children's literature world! Every year the University of Findlay has a Fall Conference at their Mazza Museum and invites six authors and illustrators to come talk about themselves and their art.

One of the authors/illustrators who was there was Molly Idle!

flora and the flamingoMazza1


It was great to hear Molly speak with such energy and passion about her art, her background, and her book ideas. During her presentation I learned that...
...there were over 100 cover designs for Flora and the Flamingo before this one was chosen.
...for a while during the editing process, Flora was named Franny.
...Molly uses Prismacolor pencils in over 100 different colors to draw her pictures.
...while she draws, Molly holds a small pencil sharpener and a gum eraser in her left hand.

If you're curious about who else was at the Mazza Museum Fall Conference this year, here's a list:

star wars

Matthew Reinhart

New York based author, illustrator and paper engineer who has created some great pop-up books

sisters grimm


Michael Buckley

Originally from Ohio, Buckley lives in New York and is best know for the book series "The Sisters Grimm" and "N.E.R.D.S."


Henry Cole

author and illustrator of hundreds of children's books

big sister

LeUyen Pham

a quick look at the ACPL catalog brings up 85 results

arthur's teacher trouble

Marc Brown

Arthur has been around for a long time and lots of kids have enjoyed Marc Brown's work


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