IRW is thrilled to present “The Art of the Picture Book” to be held at the Henry D. Moore Public Library this August! This free, engaging child and family program will feature award-winning Maine author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen and Courtney Waring, director of education from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass. “The Art of the Picture Book” is a two-day program for children, families, caregivers and educators in Steuben and its surrounding communities from Friday, Aug. 24 to Saturday, Aug. 25, with all events taking place at the Moore Library.

Throughout this program, children and adults alike will learn and experience how words and pictures come together to tell a story and rouse a sense of curiosity and wonder. Additionally, parents and those that read to and with children will learn strategies for deepening the reading experience by viewing the picture book as an art form.

Families are invited to a potluck supper at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, followed by a presentation by Courtney Waring, director of education at The Carle, on “The Whole Book Approach” to exploring all elements of picture books, from hidden treasures beneath a book jacket and more. On Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m., Van Dusen will read aloud from his book, “The Circus Ship.”

5 p.m. Friday, August 24

Potluck supper, followed by program from Courtney Waring, director of education at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

10 a.m. Saturday, August 25

Story time with award-winning Maine author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen and “The Circus Ship”