The Akron Art Museum will be featuring an exhibition on the work of children’s book illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon, starting March 28 and running through June 21.
The Dillons have earned many awards throughout their prolific career including two back to back Caldecott Medals for “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” and “Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions” (both of which I’ve read, and I highly recommend). I will be visiting this exhibit early next week, so stop back here for more information, or check your weekly Record Publishing Co. newspaper (in print or online) for more information.
In other news
A local Cuyahoga Falls residential landscape is featured in a new book, Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love, by Julie Moir Messervy.
Coming soon: My day at the Virginia Hamilton conference. The conference, in its 25th year, will be at Kent State University April 2 and 3 (I’m going Friday), and highlights multicultural literature for children and young adults. This will be my third year attending, and it’s a lot of fun! Featured guests include the Dillons (see above), illustrator Barry Moser, singer and actress Leigh Adoff, and author Jacqueline Woodson. The conference honors late author Virginia Hamilton (The People Could Fly, The Girl Who Spun Gold among many other books)