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Peter Brown: 'I'm at the library as often as possible'


In this video, Peter Brown, an author and illustrator of children’s books, remembers how he would hang out in libraries after school. 

Growing up, libraries, he says, made him aware of other worlds and the stories they contained.

"At a young age, I realized that I really wanted to tell my own stories," he says, adding that he started writing stories and drawing pictures because books were such a big part of his life.

His use of the library continues today. He goes to the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library to do research, look at children's books and picture books, peruse novels and attend art exhibits. Sometimes, he says, he even exhibits his own art there.

Brown's award-winning titles include New York Times best-sellers The Curious GardenChildren Make Terrible Pets andYou Will Be My Friend!  His latest book, Creepy Carrots!, co-written with Aaron Reynolds, was a 2013 Caldecott Honor Book.   Brown wrote a lovely blog post about the experience of receiving that very exciting early morning call from the Caldecott Committee informing him of the honor.




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