News / iSchool to host children’s literature documentary, September 22


The iSchool is pleased to host a screening of the documentary, “Library of the Early Mind: A Grown-up Look at the Art of Children’s Literature.” The screening will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Carnegie Museum of Art Theatre in the Carnegie Museums in Oakland (4400 Forbes Avenue). The event is free and open to the public; reservations are required and may be sent to  

“Library of the Early Mind: A Grown-up Look at the Art of Children’s Literature” (LOTEM) explores the art and impact of children’s literature on children, adults and society. The film features nearly 40 prominent authors and illustrators talking about their work, its genesis and its impact. The documentary is produced by Edward J. Delaney and Steven Withrow. “We wanted to do a film that would be interesting to people who may not have an interest in children’s literature,” says Withrow. “We wanted to describe how the writers and illustrators become artists and how these personal experiences really were the crucibles of the art they created.”  Artists featured in the documentary include (but are not limited to):

Chris Van Allsburg (“Polar Express”)

Gregory Maguire ("Wicked")

Natalie Babbitt (“Tuck Everlasting”)

Jeff Kinney (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”)

Leslèa Newman (“Heather Has Two Mommies”)

Adam Gopnik (essayist, The New Yorker)

Nancy Garden (author “Annie On My Mind”)

Daniel Handler (aka "Lemony Snicket")

R. L. Stine (“Goosebumps”)

Roger Sutton (Editor, The Horn Book)

Lane Smith (illustrator, “Stinky Cheese Man”)

Arthur A. Levine (editor, “Harry Potter”)

M. T. Anderson (“Octavian Nothing”)

Mary Ann Hoberman (Children’s Poet Laureate)


As the space is limited, please make sure to RSVP by September 19, 2011.