Renowned children’s book author Jon Scieszka will speak at the Sweetie and Hal Clay Peck Memorial Speaker Series on Oct. 29 at the Midland Country Club.
Scieszka also will read books, sign books and kick off the 2022 Children’s Book Festival at 10 a.m. Oct. 30 at Centennial Library. He has been writing children’s books for more than 30 years and was previously a teacher in New York City — something he says made him a better writer.
“I’ll talk about the bigger idea that I always saw as a teacher first and a writer second, which is that kids respond better to explaining than being lectured,” he said. “If you can present these stories in a way and entertain both kids and adults, I think that’s the bigger message.”
He started the Guys Read initiative, which focuses on helping boys find reading interesting and giving them role models at the elementary level. He has written “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!,” “The Frog Prince, Continued,” “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,” “Astronuts” and many more. Scieszka was the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature appointed by the Librarian of Congress in 2008 and 2009. When he was presented the medal for the award, he met President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush.
“I think the country owes Laura Bush a huge thank you for starting the National Book Festival in Washington across all politics,” he said. “It is a way to go forward by using Laura and George Bush as a model where people don’t have to buy into everything that others believe but let’s find some common ground. We can read different books but we are all still reading.”
Seating is still available. Tables are $400 and individual tickets are $45. Visit https://www.trinitymidland.org/list-detail?pk=185884&fromId=258353 for tickets.
Jacy Lewis is a reporter and photographer for MRT.