Caldecott winner visits York House Junior Library

Author / Illustrator Jon Klassen with Grade 2s

“Authorstrator” Jon Klassen arrived at our school last Thursday morning wearing his signature hat! Jon was on a North American tour to promote his newest book Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. View a promotional video here.

The Grade 2 girls enjoyed a rollicking session as Jon read his award winning hat books: I Want My Hat Back and That’s Not My Hat. Many of the girls wore hats to add to the fun. And a few girls honoured Jon’s visit with hand printed signs for his newest book.

The girls learned about the dual process of writing and illustrating a picturebook. Jon’s simple artwork came alive when he demonstrated how the placement of the eyes on an animal can evoke emotion. His characters have no mouths so can’t talk. The text represents their thinking (watch the video below).

Books for the girls were signed and personalized with a special JK illustration. The JS library also received an original image drawn by Jon especially for us!

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