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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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.
Dav Pilkey is back with another pair of short drawing tutorials and cheerful messages. It’s sort of the brand for the author and illustrator of “Dog Man” and “Captain Underpants” fame, and we’re delighted to have him drop by on Fridays for awhile.
Children’s book author and illustrator Dav Pilkey has another couple of quick drawing lessons: Piggy and Barky McTreeFace, They’re both from his “Dog Man” series.
The Library has recently digitized Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks reading her poems, including the iconic “We Real Cool,” at two events 24 years apart as part of National Poetry Month. The recordings are part of the 50 poems added each year to Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature.
Jason Reynolds, bestselling author and the Library’s National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, asks you to imagine what your personal hero might say if they answered your fan letter. It’s part of his “Write. Right. Rite.” series for the Library.
John Prine died on April 7, 2020, at the age of 73, from complications of COVID-19. One of America’s great songwriters, he was in conversation with U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser at the Library in 2005. That conversation is presented here.
Bestselling children’s author Dav Pilkey shows readers how to draw “Big Jim,” a character from his “Dog Man” series, and reads from one of the books.