Donald A.D. Sutton, an aspiring author and illustrator who is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in children’s literature and children’s book illustration, is one of ten book creators chosen to take part in the We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program for 2020.
Copies of “Slow Time, Hush Time” by Jennifer Wood M.F.A. ’19 and Lucinda Rowe M.F.A. ’19, both alumnae of the university’s graduate programs in children’s literature and children’s book illustration, will be distributed for free to new mothers at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Presented annually, the Margaret Wise Brown Prize recognizes the author of the best text for a picture book published during the previous year. The award is a tribute to one of Hollins University’s best-known alumnae and one of America’s most beloved children’s authors.
The Internet TV network has ordered 10 episodes of “Tiny Pretty Things,” an hour-long series based on the book by Dhonielle Clayton M.A. ’09 and Sona Charaipotra. The show is scheduled to premiere in 2020.
“The Road to After,” an illustrated middle grade novel in verse by Rebekah Lowell M.F.A. ’19, will be released in the spring of 2022.
Award-winning author and illustrator Mary Jane Begin deconstructs the creative process and shares the development of two book projects in the exhibition “Mapping the Imagination,” which will be on display June 28 – September 9. Begin will become chair of Hollins’ M.F.A. summer program in children’s book writing and illustrating on July 1.
John Sullivan will receive an engraved medal and a $1,000 cash prize for his debut children’s book, “Kitten and the Night Watchman,” illustrated by Taeeun Yoo and published by Simon & Schuster. The work is inspired by the true story of Sullivan, a City of Chicago buildings and equipment guard, and his encounter with a cat that would become his companion for 17 years.
Presented annually, the Margaret Wise Brown Prize recognizes the author of the best text for a picture book published during the previous year. The award is a tribute to one of Hollins’ best-known alumnae and one of America’s most beloved children’s authors.
To help renovate its Waldron Stage into a “green space” venue, Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Theatre is presenting a one-night-only fundraising event, a production of “A Simple Plan” by Nancy Ruth Patterson, who teaches in Hollins’ M.F.A. program in children’s book writing and illustrating. President Emerita Nancy Gray is a featured member of the show’s cast.
Partnering with a local nonprofit that promotes reading to children, three Hollins professors transformed an unpublished work by a beloved children’s author and Hollins alumna into an interactive tool for parents and caregivers.