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Vermont Picture Books Exhibit

The Vermont Department of Libraries recently identified 125 authors and illustrators of children’s books who live in Vermont. Many of those authors and illustrators are represented in Bailey/Howe Library’s Wilbur Collection of Vermontiana.

A display in Special Collections highlights the work of three notable authors and illustrators whose connections to Vermont’s people and landscape influence the stories they tell and the pictures they create, including Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Mary Azarian, and Tracey Campbell Pearson.

Author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock’s deep Vermont roots are reflected in her chapter books and picture books.  A seventh-generation Vermonter writing from the Northeast Kingdom, Kinsey-Warnock often depicts events in her life or the lives of her family and ancestors. Her stories, whether contemporary or historical, involve the natural world, rural life and family relationships.

Artist and illustrator Mary Azarian moved to a small hill farm in northern Vermont in the late 1960s. Her woodcuts reflect the landscape where she lives and the activities and rhythms of rural life. She has illustrated over 50 books with woodcuts, including a number of outstanding picture books.

Tracy Campbell Pearson discovered her calling in art school, when she took a children’s book illustration class taught by author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. She has created over 30 books for children since that art class. She has lived in Vermont since the early 1980s, and several of her picture books are inspired by people, businesses, and scenery in her hometown of Jericho.

During the summer, Special Collections is open from 10-5, Monday-Friday.  For more information, call 656-2138 or email uvmsc@uvm.edu.

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