Loves Student Artwork!
April, Derek visited St. Vincent de Paul School in Omaha, Nebraska.
The teachers really went out of their way to prep the students,
using Derek's books as a jumping off point to create stories,
pictures, poems and their own books. There were hundreds of
individual interpretations of Little Quack, Gladys, and Blue
Burt and Wiggles hanging everywhere in the school.
What a welcome! Many thanks to Carol Nish, and also to Jane
Campbell and her family (including Erik).
are a few pictures Derek took in the school.
is a book about Gladys written and illustrated by the kindergarten
of all of Derek's characters decorated the halls of the school.
lot of students wrote their own versions
of Derek's stories, including this one about Gladys. The drawings
were all very
original. Derek wouldn't be surprised
to see some future authors and illustrators come from St. Vincent
Saturday, April 14th, Derek spoke at the 19th annual Spotlight
on Books at the Sugar Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Derek was one of the featured authors along with young adult
novelist, Marsha Qualey (Steven Kellogg was unable to attend
because of weather-related issues). Organized by the Northern
Lights Library Network, the conference was attended by teachers,
librarians and media specialists from around the state of Minnesota.
drew, talked about his books, his inspirations and his contribution
to the Minnesota Library Summer Reading Program. This conference
is one of Minnesota's finest. Many thanks to the conference cochairs,
Joan B. Larson and Ruth Solie, who really went out of their way
to make the event a huge success.
ready to Go Bananas!
painted the poster and characters for the 2007 Minnesota Summer
Reading Program. It features his deliciously purple gorilla, Gladys,
(from the book Gladys Goes Out to Lunch)
atop a giant mound of bananas and accompanied by many wildly colored
monkeys. A big kick-off is planned for June 14th at Como Zoo in
St. Paul, Minnesota. Derek will be there along with the monkeys
and gorillas and some fun activities for kids! We'll have more
info about this event coming soon.
for Gladys in libraries all across Minnesota this summer!