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 Matt Tavares to Speak to the Guild

Matt TavaresAuthor-illustrator Matt Tavares will speak at the Guild's next monthly luncheon meeting on October 19, 2017.

Tavares was born in Boston and grew up surrounded by books and reading. From the time he was very young, his mother read to him every night, and his family made countless trips to the public library. Years later, as a studio art major at Bates College, he rediscovered his love for picture books and decided to try to make his own.

For his senior thesis project, Tavares wrote and illustrated a story called Sebastian's Ball, about a boy who caught a magic foul ball at a Boston Red Sox game. Three years later, after much revision, Sebastian's Ball became Zachary's Ball, Tavares's first published picture book. Zachary's Ball went on to win a Massachusetts Book Award Honor and was named one of Yankee Magazine's 40 Classic New England Children's Books.

Since then, Tavares has published 18 more books and has won several awards, including three Parents' Choice Gold Awards and an Orbis Pictus Honor. He has had two ALA Notable Books. His artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration, the Brandywine River Museum and the Mazza Museum of Picture Book Art.

Tavares lives in Maine with his wife, Sarah, and their two daughters. When not working in his studio on his latest book project, he travels the country speaking (and drawing) at schools, libraries, conferences and bookstores. He has presented at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Eric Carle Museum and the White House Easter Egg Roll, and he's even done a few book signings at Fenway Park. His talk on October 19 will mainly focus on Red and Lulu, his new book out from Candlewick this fall. 

The October 19th meeting will be at Busboys and Poets, 1025 Fifth Street NW (at K Street). There will be a "social hour" at 11:30 am, and the luncheon will start at noon.  RSVP now!

Phillip Hoose
2018 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award Winner

2018 Nonfiction Award Winner Phillip HooseThe Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C., has selected Phillip Hoose as its 2018 Nonfiction Award Winner. The award, given annually since 1977, honors authors or illustrators whose total work has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children.

Hoose’s books explore important topics through protagonists whose stories compel readers “to turn to the next page because they want to know what’s going to happen to someone or something they care about,” Hoose told Book Links. His protagonists range from teenagers like Claudette Colvin and Knud Pederson to the tiny red knot bird and the great ivory billed woodpecker. “I like to find stories that have not been told that I think will inspire young readers,” says Hoose.

Hoose has won numerous honors for individual books. Claudette Colvin: Twice toward Justice, the story of an impassioned teenager who refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, won the National Book Award as well as Newbery and Robert F. Sibert Honor Awards. Hoose won another Robert F. Sibert Honor Award for his most recent title, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pederson and The Churchill Club, the story of teens who challenged the German occupation of Denmark.

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