Illuminating the Chanukah Tale: Representation & Diversity in Picture Books
December 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us on Zoom as we take a deep dive into picture book illustration and the effects our picture books have on our formative years.
Join children’s literature historian, Mary Anne Wolpert, and illustrators Daphna Awadish and Cassie Gonzales on Zoom as we explore diversity and representation in children’s picture books, the ins-and-outs of becoming an illustrator, and the process behind illustrating the newly-released children’s books, Mendel’s Hanukkah MESS UP and J is for Janucá!
Mary Anne Wolpert is a scholar from the University of Cambridge (UK), Centre for Research in Children’s Literature where, until recently, she was a researcher and lecturer specializing in picture books. She now lives and works in New York City where she is an Adjunct Professor working at Bank Street College of Education, continuing to promote representation and diversity in books for children and readers of all ages.
Daphna Awadish is an Israeli filmmaker and illustrator living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She specialized in creating animated documentaries and works as an independent illustrator and animator. She is the illustrator of Kalaniot Books’ Mendel’s Hanukkah MESS UP, published October 2022.
Cassie Gonzales is a native Houstanian who has been living in New York for almost a decade. She works as a cover designer at Penguin Random House in the Random House adult design department. Her debut as a picture book illustrator, J is for Janucá, also published October 2022.
This program is virtual, with no in-person component. Please scroll down to the bottom of your order confirmation in your email for the Zoom link, which will be under “Additional Information.”