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Author and Editor Frances Gilbert (with Rebekah Lowell)

After earning her M.A. in English, Frances Gilbert’s first job in publishing was as a book club editor at Scholastic Canada in Toronto. She moved to New York in 2000 to set up a children’s editorial division at Sterling Publishing, where she stayed until 2012. Gilbert then moved to Random House Children’s Books, where she […]

Alumna Author-Illustrator Rebekah Lowell (with Frances Gilbert)

Rebekah Lowell is an author-illustrator and surface pattern designer with a passion for the natural world. As a survivor of domestic abuse, she’s found the natural world to be a peaceful healing ground. Her debut novel in verse, The Road to After, offers a story of healing from trauma, and her debut picture book, Catching Flight, provides hope […]

Agent Chad W. Beckerman

Chad W. Beckerman brings over 20 years of illustration and design experience to the CAT Agency. After studying illustration as an undergrad at RISD, Beckerman went on to be a designer at Scholastic, a senior designer at Greenwillow Books, and then became the creative director at ABRAMS Kids and Comic Arts, where he spent 13 years […]

Julie Benbassat Gallery Opening

Frances Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center

Benbassat is an award-winning illustrator and painter based in Philadelphia. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2019, she has gone on to amass a range of clients in editorial, publishing, games, and animation. Her work delights in the eccentricities and wonders of the natural world, indulges in the fantastical, mixes narrative […]

Book Launch Party

Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, Room 119

As part of our Alumni Retreat, we will celebrate new book releases by our program alumni and faculty. A slideshow of all books published (or to be published) in 2024 will be presented with short talks by attending creators. The talk will be followed by a group book signing. Book Launch, Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 […]

The Second Biennial Children’s Literature Symposium (Virtual)

Symposium Theme: VALUING What do we value in our field? How do we define value? This interdisciplinary symposium will reflect on what matters to us and examine the challenges that undermine such values as equity, inclusion, and access to books. We invite explorations of the theme in every sense of the word. This four-day symposium […]

2024 Children’s Literature Writer-in-Residence and Symposium Keynote Speaker, Mitali Perkins

Frances Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center

Born in Kolkata, India, Perkins lived in Ghana, Cameroon, England, and Mexico before her parents settled in California when she was in middle school. She is the author of many award-winning picture books and novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl, which was adapted into a film. She’s also written a nonfiction book for adults […]

Matt Faulkner: Chalk Talk

Frances Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center

Award winning children’s book author and illustrator Matt Faulkner has over 35 books to his credit. His graphic novel Gaijin: American Prisoner of War, won the American Library Association Asian/Pacific Best Children’s Book Award. His most recent graphic novel, My Nest of Silence has won wide acclaim: “Deftly combining the personal and historical, Faulkner alchemizes […]

James Ransome, Award-winning Illustrator Talk

Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, Room 119

Ransome has been honored with the 2023 Children’s Literature Legacy Award by the American Library Association in recognition of his exceptional contributions to children’s literature. With a career spanning over 33 years, Ransome has illustrated more than 70 books. His passion for drawing began in Rich Square, NC, and as a teenager, he moved to […]

Lesa Cline Ransome, Award-winning Author Talk

Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, Room 119

Cline Ransome is the acclaimed author of numerous award-winning picture books, including a verse biography of Harriet Tubman, Before She Was Harriet, and her debut middle-grade novel, Finding Langston, winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and a Coretta Scott King Award Author Honor. Cline Ransome’s debut Young Adult novel, For Lamb, is […]

Ashley Belote, Author/Illustrator Talk

Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, Room 119

Belote is the illustrator of Frankenslime and Valenslime. She is the author-illustrator of her debut early reader The Me Tree and her picture book Listen Up, Louella. She studied traditional animation under the direction of Don Bluth. Belote is a West Virginia native and earned her B.A. from Alderson Broaddus University. She earned her M.A. […]

“Illustration Faculty Exhibition” Lecture and Book Signing

Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center

Faculty Exhibition Opening: Illustration Faculty Exhibition Lecture and Book Signing In conjunction with Illustration Faculty Exhibition, on view July 11 – September 22, 2024, at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, please join us for a lecture and reception with book signing by faculty in the Hollins University M.F.A. Program in Children’s Book Writing and Illustration. […]