MONARCH — An award-winning author and illustrator recently visited and shared some of his work with the students and staff of Monarch Elementary School.
In a statement released last Wednesday, Monarch Elementary School announced that it had been honored with a visit by author and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky. The press release states that Zelinsky “has won numerous award and prizes, including the Caldecott Award.”
According to the American Library Association website (www.ala.org) the Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the ALA, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for the children.” In 1998, the ALSC awarded the medal to Zelinsky for his book “Rapunzel.” In 1985, 1987, and 1995, Zelinsky was the runner-up for the medal.
A native of Illinois, Zelinsky has been drawing since he was child and began working professionally as a illustrator of children’s book in 1978. Since beginning his career, Zelinsky has continued to illustrate the works of other writers in addition to writing and illustrating his own works. His most popular work is “The Wheels on the Bus.”
Zelinsky’s work as both writer and illustrator include:
• The Lion and the Stoat
• Knick-Knack Paddywhack!
• The Wheels on the Bus
• The Maid and the Mouse and the Odd-Shaped House: A Story In Rhyme
• Rapunzel, Retold
• Rumpelstiltskin, Retold
Zelinsky’s work as an illustrator of the work of other authors include:
• Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
• Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham
• Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
• Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
• Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs
• Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs
• Hansel and Gretel, Retold by Rika Lesser
The press release states that during his visit to MES, Zelinsky shared two of his books, Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel, with the school. He also autographed copies of his books for members of the school staff.
Visits like Zelinsky’s are a reminder of how much books — and the talent, creativity and imagination that goes into writing and illustrating them — are treasures to be celebrated, cherished and, more importantly, used to inspire in young minds a love of reading and the learning it makes possible. It is a reminder of how important books — the people behind them — are, and also how important schools, libraries, and school libraries and the staffs of those institutions are to the community and its future for the impact they have on the children of the community who are its future.
Charles Warner can be reached at 846-762-4090.