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Naomi C. Chase Lecture on Children's Literature

2015 Author: Jon Scieszka

Hilarious, Transgressive, and Enthusiastically Taboo

Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka, the first national ambassador for young people's literature, loves to write weird and funny stories, and has found that children like to read them. Scieszka's True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! has now sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 14 different languages.

Jon's books have won a mass of awards, and sold over 11 million copies all around the world. He recently created the Frank Einstein picture book series and the pre-school series Trucktown, including the New York Times bestselling Smash, Crash!. He is also known for the Time Warp Trio series, Caldecott Honor book The Stinky Cheese Man, and many other fun books that inspire kids to want to read. He has also worked as an elementary school teacher and is the founder of, a literacy initiative for boys.

Event details:

April 22, 2015 at 120 Andersen Library, University of Minnesota

5:30 - 6:15 Reception

6:15 - 7:00 Lecture by Jon Scieszka

7:00 - 7:30 Book Signing

Eventbrite - Jon Scieszka: Hilarious, Transgressive, and Enthusiastically Taboo


This annual event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the College of Education and Human Development, the University of Minnesota, Kerlan Friends, and the Children's Literature Research Collection, Andersen Library, University of Minnesota. The Elmer L. Andersen Library is located at 222 - 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455.


Questions may be directed to Emily Midkiff