One Writer’s Journey

April 28, 2017

Children’s Book Landmarks

Mark Twain’s desk! And me.

Yesterday, I saw a School Library Journal post on children’s book landmarks being named to celebrate Children’s Book Week.  I hadn’t even thought of that when I wrote yesterday’s post but that’s something else you could do — visit a children’s book landmark.

Two of the “new” landmarks that will be named next week include Quarry Farm, a site where Mark Twain wrote in Elmira New York and the Cherokee Elementary School in Paradise Valley, AZ where a student inspired the Junie B. Jones books. You can read more about these sites and one more here.

Do you have a site in your area that you could visit as part of the week-long celebration?  If so, you could Tweet pictures of yourself (and your books) there.  There are a number of sites here in Missouri, including:

Mark Twain’s Boyhood home in Hannibal, Missouri.  This isn’t where Twain wrote the books, but where he spent part of his childhood. That said, the museum has an awesome display of Norman Rockwell’s illustrations of Twain’s work.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home in Mansfield, Missouri.  I loved visiting Rocky Ridge and seeing the house where she wrote her books although I think my favorite display was all the various translations of her books.

Eugene Field House and Toy Museum in St. Louis.  Okay, I don’t think that’s the actual name any more — it is now the Eugene Field House. Eugene Field?  You know — he wrote the poem Wynken, Blynken and Nod.  His father was also the lawyer that managed to get the Dred Scott case before the Supreme Court.  And this little tid bit, of course, gives me a story idea.

What sites are in your area?  Visit one of them this coming week and celebrate children’s books!






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