When Faculty of Education librarian Beth Maddigan was a child, she loved picture books. (She still loves them!) Her favourite was Red Fish Blue Fish, a book in a series that had so much impact on her she thought cats wore hats.
Until her sisters told her otherwise.
"I was obsessed with anything in the Dr. Seuss realm. The colour and the life that went into the illustrations was really inspirational to me as a kid," said Ms. Maddigan, moderator for a panel of presenters that get together at 1 p.m., Wed, June 23 to explore the power of picture books.
The interactive panel discussion is a public event, and part of a six week exhibition, P is for Picture Book: Imagination through Illustration, on display at the QEII Library until June 30. From July 5 – August 15, 2016 the exhibition will be on display at the A.C. Hunter Library in St. John's.
"We wanted to get a conversation going about the impact of children's picture books on people's lives," said Ms. Maddigan who heads up the faculty's library for Education students, faculty, and staff. "When illustration met print in history, back in late 1800s, it really revolutionized children's literature."
Other panelists for the Wednesday afternoon event include Dr. Margaret Mackey, professor from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, Dr. Anne Burke, children's literature specialist in the Faculty of Education, Dr. Helene Staveley from the Department of English; and Susan Prior, children's librarian with Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. Dr. Roger Peattie, professor emeritus at the University of Calgary, will open the panel with some remarks about this collection.
P is For Picture Book features many titles from the Peattie Picture Book Collection, such as a first edition of A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and Randolph Caldecott's toy books (1885-1887), as well as works by renowned illustrators Maurice Sendak, Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane.
Wednesday afternoon's event at the QEll Library (1pm – 3rd floor) provides an opportunity to view the exhibition, listen to panelists, take part in the conversation, enjoy some refreshments, and mingle with other fans of children's literature.