April 8, 2010 "Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book" Editor to Discuss Work

Book Contains “Life Lessons from Notable People from All Walks of Life”

Press Contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217
Public Contact: Center for the Book (202) 707-5221

More than 100 leaders from the arts, sciences, politics, business and other fields recall a children’s book they loved in a new compilation of essays, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from All Walks of Life” (Roaring Brook Press, 2009), edited by Anita Silvey.

Silvey will discuss and sign her work in a Books & Beyond program on Thursday, April 22, at noon, in Dining Room A, sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event, sponsored by the Center for the Book, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

“For almost 40 years, I have been engaged in evaluating and lecturing about publishing children’s books. In the process I have talked to thousands of people about books they remember from childhood,” says Silvey in her introduction. Silvey is a distinguished former publisher of children’s books and was editor of The Horn Book, one of the most prestigious magazines devoted to young people’s literature.

The essays have been organized into six sections: Inspiration, Understanding, Principles & Precepts, Vocation, Motivation and Storytelling.

Contributors to this book include Sherman Alexie, Julia Alvarez, Tiki Barber, Kathy Bates, Judy Blume, Kirk Douglas, Roger Ebert, Ken Follett, Jay Leno, Lois Lowry, Peter Matthiessen, David McCullough, Julianne Moore, Azar Nafisi, Linda Sue Park, Lynda Johnson Robb, Pete Seeger, Maurice Sendak, Lesley Stahl, Ann Tyler, Judy Woodruff and Andrew Wyeth. Also included are essays by current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Katherine Paterson and her predecessor, Jon Scieszka. (The National Ambassador program is sponsored by the Center for the Book, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, the CBC foundation.)

Silvey’s book is also the subject of a discussion on Facebook. The new Books & Beyond Book Club is available at www.facebook.com/booksandbeyond/. Here readers can discuss books by authors who have appeared or will appear in this series. The site also offers links to webcasts of these events and asks readers to talk about what they have just seen and heard.

The Center for the Book (www.loc.gov/cfbook/) was established by Congress in 1977 "to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries." With its many educational programs that reach readers of all ages, through its support of the National Book Festival and through its dynamic state centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Center for the Book has developed a nationwide network of organizational partners dedicated to promoting the wonders and benefits of reading. The center also oversees the new Read.gov website, with its exclusive "Exquisite Corpse Adventure" serialized story.


PR 10-068
ISSN 0731-3527