Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 9:45 pm | Updated: 11:51 pm, Fri Mar 20, 2015.
Children’s book illustrator Tomie dePaola grew up with “a mother who read to me every night of my life. “She read what was available then,” he said, “which were the folk tales.”
DePaola’s own books have been bringing parents and children together for 50 years, and have been honored with a Caldecott Medal, among many other awards. He will be at the Wenham Museum on Sunday as part of “Draw Me A Story,” an exhibit of illustrations from children’s books that will be on display until April 27. “The exhibit is in the lobby, and there will be a book signing there,” said Cynthia Novotny, merchandise manager at the museum. “In the Burnham Hall area, there will be art activities.” Other illustrators in the exhibit include Jesse Watson, Lisa Cinelli, Katia Wish, Elizabeth Wolff and Cyndy Szekeres Prozzo, several of whom will be present on Sunday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The event is being held for the fourth time, and celebrates the important roles that books play in children’s lives. “We thought if we could show the original work and have parents and children meet the illustrators, it makes a better connection for them” with books, Novotny said. The connections that parents and children can make, over the pages of a book, can last a lifetime.