Begin with a Bee

June 12, 2021 - 4:00pm
Prairie Lights Virtual - Zoom

Please join us for a special afternoon event with authors Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Liza Ketchum, and Phyllis Root, and illustrator Claudia McGehee, who will talk about their new book, Begin with a Bee

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By looking closely at the life cycle of one bee, Begin with a Bee helps readers of all ages understand and appreciate the contributions and significance of all bees.  Award-winning children's books authors Martin, Ketchum, and Root will read from the book, which imparts the poetry and basic science of the rusty-patched bumblebee, and talk about the collaborative process of the book's creation. Illustrator McGehee will talk about her illustrations, which depict close-ups of these endangered pollinators, as well as her trademark stunning landscapes.

Claudia McGehee is author and/or illustrator of eight award-winning picture books. She works in scratchboard, a unique medium that celebrates nature and story with lively, woodcut-like lines. Her titles include the historical fiction My Wilderness, an Alaskan Adventure, North Woods Girl  by Aimee Bissonette, A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet,  and  Creekfinding: A True Story by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. 

Jacqueline Briggs Martin is author of twenty-one picture books for children, including Snowflake Bentley, a Caldecott medal winner in 1999. Her books Creekfinding: A True Story, which received a Green Earth Award for Environmental Writing for Children and a Riverby Award for exceptional natural history books for young readers, and Bim, Bam, Bop . . . and Oona are published by University of Minnesota Press.

Liza Ketchum is the author of seventeen books for young people, including  The Life Fantastic. A founding faculty member at Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program, her books have appeared on the ALA's Best Book lists and the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. A citizen scientist volunteer who writes often about the natural world, Liza's garden memoir,  The Last Garden, also celebrates bees and other pollinators.

Phyllis Root has written more than fifty books for children, including, also from the University of Minnesota Press, Big Belching BogPlant a Pocket of PrairieOne North Star, and The Lost Forest, which won a National Outdoor Book Award. She has twice won the Riverby Award. She has also written Searching for Minnesota's Native Wildflowers: A Guide for Beginners, Botanists, and Everyone in Between (Minnesota, 2018).