Carthage welcomed Caldecott winning-illustrator David Small and author Sarah Stewart
The Center for Children’s Literature was very active in promoting the work of illustrator David Small during April 2013. With the help of Lizz Zitron, Hedberg Library’s outreach librarian, 12 pieces of Mr. Small’s original illustrations from several of his published picture books were available for viewing in the display cases of Hedberg Library lobby.
The Center also welcomed Mr. Small and his wife, children’s book author Sarah Stewart, on Tuesday, April 16 for a talk about his artwork and the collaboration between he and his wife.
Born and raised in Detroit, Mr. Small was recognized for his art at a young age, but he did not consider turning his doodles into a career until early adulthood. At 21, after years of writing plays, he took the advice of a friend who informed him that his doodles were better than anything he had ever written. He went on to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale Graduate School of Art. His first picture book, “Eulalie and the Hopping Head,” was published in 1981 and named a Library of Congress Children’s Book of the Year. Mr. Small has since illustrated almost 50 picture books. As an editorial artist, his drawings appeared regularly in The New Yorker and The New York Times.
Mr. Small received the Caldecott Medal in 2001 for “So You Want to be President?”, written by Judith St. George. “The Gardener,” written by Stewart, was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 1998. “One Cool Friend,” written by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by Mr. Small, was named a Caldecott Honor Book in January 2013.
Mr. Small’s other books include “Imogene’s Antlers,” a Reading Rainbow mainstay, and a graphic memoir, “Stitches,” a National Book Award Finalist. A complete list of his books can be found on his website at www.davidsmallbooks.com.
Ms. Stewart grew up in Texas, and has written six children’s books, all illustrated by Mr. Small. In addition to the “The Gardener,” for which she won The Christopher Medal, she is the author of “The Money Tree,” “The Library,” “The Journey,” “The Friend,” and “The Quiet Place.” She is also a poet and gardener.
As preparation for David Small and Sarah Stewart’s visit to campus the center also sponsored an informal discussion of the artwork given by Amy Kirschke, acting director of education at the Milwaukee Art Museum.