I really wish I could be at the National Mall in D.C. on September 26th this year. As part of the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival, Jon Scieszka is leading "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure." He'll start out a chain of celebrated authors writing a serial adventure story with the following words:
This story starts with a train rushing through the night. The full moon lights the silver rails winding around dark mountains, through deep woods, and over steep gorges of jagged rock and one freezing cold rushing black mountain river. I wish there was enough time to describe all of the funny (and touching) twists and turns – especially the Elephant Clown Party – that led up to now. But there isn’t. Enough time. Because there is a ticking clock. And the two passengers we care most about don’t know anything about it.
Susan Cooper, Kate Di Camillo, Nikki Grimes, Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket, and, Gregory Maguire are among the celebrated authors who will also contribute.
If you're like me, and are pretty sure you won't be able to make it to this event, you can console yourself by checking out the this website Lifelong Literacy on September 26th to see how the story progresses.
You might also check out books written by some of the authors listed above. Many of their books can be found in our very own Instructional Material Center on the ground floor of King Library.
Here are a few titles you might be interested in:
Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv. PZ8.S3134 St 1992
Hopscotch Love: A Family Treasury of Love Poems by Nikki Grimes. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv. PS3557.R489982 H67 1999
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Di Camillo. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv. PZ7.D5455 Be 2000