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National Book Festival

This year’s Caldecott Medal went to Jon Klassen for his delightful illustrations of “This Is Not My Hat” (Candlewick), which he also wrote. His 2011 picture book was “I Want My Hat Back,” which was a runaway best-seller. Klassen took a huge risk with this book by having the bear whose hat was stolen eat the rabbit who stole it (off-page). “The New York Times called it “a wonderful and astonishing thing, the kind of book that makes a child laugh and adult chuckle, and both smile in appreciation.”

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Jon Klassen

Photo by Autumn Le’ Brannon