Celebrating anniversaries of children’s literature classics
Beginning as a bedtime ritual, Babar stories and art were family favorites passed from parents to son, Laurent, who continues the legacy today. to celebrate his 80th year, the publication of “Babar’s Celesteville Games” will coincide with the 2012 Olympic events. Babar books and memorabilia will be exhibited at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. It was initially published in French in 1931.
“The Snowy Day,” by Ezra Jack Keats (published in 1962)
A small boy ventures outside of his city apartment building to enjoy the first winter snow. The portrayal of Peter as an African-American child was groundbreaking since the civil rights movement was gaining interest during that time. “The Snowy Day” won the 1963 Caldecott Medal.
The Jewish Museum in New York is hosting an exhibit of Keats’ original art. an oversized commemorative edition of “The Snowy Day” is planned.
“A Wrinkle in Time,” by Madeleine L’Engle (published in 1962)
This classic science-fiction thriller introduces the Murray family and the possibilities of astrophysics and cellular biology through a series including “Wind in the Door” and “Swiftly Tilting Planet.” The 50th commemorative edition of “A Wrinkle in Time” includes the L’Engle Newbery Award acceptance speech (1963), new photos and an afterword by her granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis. Media campaigns and a new Web page will precede the publication of “A Wrinkle in Time: the Graphic Novel.”
“James and the Giant Peach,” by Roald Dahl (published in 1962)
Attesting to its popularity, James can be read in 34 languages around the world. to celebrate the half-century anniversary, the publisher is promoting “Follow that Peach,” an online initiative, “Peach-grams,” where children can send a personalized message to friends and a “Peachtakes,” which has a grand prize winner with a tour to London visiting the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. See followthatpeach.com for information.
“The Phantom Toll Booth,” by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer (published in 1962)