Children's author Patricia MacLachlan honors Newtown residents with new book(Read article summary)
MacLachlan, author of 'Sarah, Plain and Tall,' said she was inspired to write a picture book after talking with her friend, an illustrator who lives in Newtown.
Childrenâ€™s author Patricia MacLachlan is writing a picture book she says she was inspired to create after speaking with a friend who lives in Newtown, Conn., said the author.
MacLachlan, who is the author of the book â€śSarah, Plain and Tall,â€ť among others, is friends with illustrator Steven Kellogg, who has lived for decades with his family in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown.
The book, called â€śSnowflakes Fall,â€ť uses the title object to discuss themes like the differences among individuals and how time can heal. It is illustrated by Kellogg, the first time the two have worked together.
â€śI wrote this book after my dear friend Steven Kellogg told me of his sadness and concern for his community, and children everywhere,â€ť the author told Publishers Weekly. â€śThis is a sadness that the world felt, and that I felt too. What brought us comfort was the idea of renewal and memory and, while writing every word, I thought about all children touched by loss.â€ť
Kellogg told Publishers Weekly that he thought of Sandy Hook and its residents when completing the illustrations for the book.
â€śIt is my hope that this book will celebrate the laughter, the playful high spirits, and the uniqueness of the children of Sandy Hook, and of children everywhere,â€ť he said.
The book will be released by Random House Childrenâ€™s Books this coming fall. The imprint of Random House will, together with Random House, make donations to an organization of MacLachlan and Kelloggâ€™s selection that benefits Sandy Hook victims as well as to a yet-to-be-decided national organization that centers on children. Random House Childrenâ€™s Books also plans to give 25,000 books to First Book, a nonprofit which â€śconnects book publishers and community organizations to provide access to new books for children in need,â€ť according to their website.