Got your palette and paint brush?
Our buddy Dav Pilkey is back with another of his weekly how-to-draw sessions, this time with pastels. It’s a quick lesson in how to paint two minor characters from Dav’s Dog Man series, Molly and Melvin. The siblings were tadpoles in their first appearance in “Fetch-22” but Melvin is now a baby frog in the newest book in the series, “Grime and Punishment.” It’s the rare children’s book author who riffs on classics by Joseph Heller and Fyodor Dostoevsky, but Dav is just that resourceful.
It’s not easy being green, as Kermit liked to say, but at least Molly and Melvin are pretty easy to paint.
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The yellow fever epidemics that struck American cities soon after the birth of the nation left a powerful mark in the historical record, especially in the papers of members of George Washington’s administration.
Legendary jazz trumpeter and vocalist Chesney Henry Baker — better known as Chet — died 32 years ago this month in Amsterdam. The Library acquired the Chet Baker Materials from the Papers of Diane Vavra in 2015, an intimate cache of 108 items.
Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is back this week with two writing challenges. One is playful, the other is more thoughtful.
Children’s author and illustrator explains how he channeled his inner child into creating his “Dog Man” series. He also introduces a new character to the series: Cat Man.
Some of the most sought-after materials in the Library’s North Korean periodicals collection are now online. It’s a slice of the Asian Division’s holdings in what is one of the world’s largest repositories of North Korean publications.
Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, offers two writing exercises for young writers: framing something special, and whipping up a special recipe to make you both creative and courageous.
The letters of Julia Sand to President Chester A. Arthur have been digitized and are now online.
Dav Pilkey stops by to read from “Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas,” and to give a how-to drawing lesson for Snug, a new character in the series.
Dav Pilkey at Home: Dav Pilkey Shows You How to Draw Snug, a New Character in the Dog Man serie
The Library features new coloring pages adapted from our collections, adding to the growing number of family activities on offer since Covid-19.