Happy Thanksgiving!

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We’ll be taking a break this week for the holiday of food food food and more food, but will be back and blogging on Tuesday, December 1st. A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


In accordance with State and Princeton University measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, the gallery of the Cotsen Children’s Library is closed until further notice, and our children’s programming as been suspended during this closure. Until our library reopens, the blog will post once a week. So every Tuesday, please check in to see what we’re up to…from story time projects to awesome interviews!

Announcing: One to One

Introducing our newest virtual offering, One to One, a program that proudly mentors and encourages young writers to explore their voices!

The idea builds on First Draft, our writing feedback program. One to One adds an additional resourcenow, instead of receiving your edits from Dr. Dana through email, you can choose to connect via Zoom to discuss face-to-face. You can reconnect with us as many times as you like – to talk writing, receive prompts, rework your story, or start an entirely new one.

Like First Draft, One to One is available to all (big shout out to our young writer in THAILAND!). Please feel free to share this resource with your classroom, neighborhood, library, and home.

Also, please note that like First Draft program, One to One is recommended for writers ages 9-17. We accept submissions of creative writing, works of fiction, and personal essays. We do not offer feedback on school assignments, college essays, or academic writing. You’ll find submission information here.

We look forward to mentoring your relationship with the written word!

The BiblioFiles Presents: Shaun Tan

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Just posted! A webcast and podcast with multiple award winning, and New York Times bestselling, author, illustrator, artist, and filmmaker, Shaun Tan.

For over two decades, Shaun Tan has created unique worlds with his books, graphic novels, and artistic projects like The Arrival, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Rules of SummerLost & Found, The Bird King, The Singing Bones, Tales from the Inner City, and Cicada.

The cardinal points in Tan’s work are connection and disconnection, the natural world and the unnatural urbanized world. Tan deftly abolishes the boundaries between them, however, with his unrivaled imagination. Hybrid machine beasts, spires and towers, a glorious illuminated garden, an orca swimming above a grid of city lights…Tan presents these wonders while also exploring the essential connections between everything. How we connect to ourselves, how we connect to one another, how we connect with animals, how we connect with the environment. And how, at times, we fail to make these connections, or even damage them. Distinct, expansive, fanciful, foreboding, playful, powerful, beautiful, and thought-provoking, Tan infuses his pages and canvases with a vision unlike anyone else.

Tan’s career has included New York Times bestselling and multiple award-winning books, as well as a diversity of fantastic collaborative projects. He won an Academy Award for his short film The Lost Thing, and also received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to children’s literature.

Follow this link to the BiblioFiles interview