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Author: Jack Barger (Jack Barger)

The Farmer

The Farmer

THE FARMER. Written and illustrated by Ximo Abadia. Holiday House. $17.99. Ximo Abadia is a Spanish author and illustrator of children’s books, graphic novels, and comics. This simple book features a joyous farmer as he goes about his chores to bring forth a new crop. Dressed in a black top hat, a blue and white...

August 22, 2019August 22, 2019
Music for Mister Moon

Music for Mister Moon

MUSIC FOR MISTER MOON. Written by Philip C. Stead. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead. Neal Porter Books. $18.99. Harriet Henry loves to play her cello, but not for audiences. Just the thought makes her hot and sweaty. Instead, she imagines her room into a cozy house with a table, chair, fireplace, and her teacup—a perfect...

July 29, 2019July 29, 2019
It’s a Wrap on Mazza Summer Conference 2019

It’s a Wrap on Mazza Summer Conference 2019

The campus of University of Findlay was abuzz with child-like excitement recently, as the Mazza Museum’s Summer Conference was held on July 15th through the 17th. The three-day conference where teachers, librarians, and book lovers partake in educational and engaging presentations from some of the top authors and illustrators in the picture book industry, included...

July 18, 2019July 18, 2019
Laiho Rotation: Matthew Reinhart

Laiho Rotation: Matthew Reinhart

Matthew Reinhart is arguably the most prolific Paper Engineering Artist in the picture book industry. His gravity-defying pop-ups are sought out by the most recognizable brands in the world. From My Little Pony to The Walking Dead, Matthew continues to delight his fans with every turn of the page. When it came time to relocate from New...

June 21, 2019June 21, 2019
BIG CAT

BIG CAT

BIG CAT. Written and illustrated by Emma Lazell. Pavilion. $16.95. A little girl and her grandmother are busy looking for Grandma’s lost glasses when a new cat arrives on the scene. Grandma, who can’t see without her glasses, thinks the new cat is “the cutest, prettiest, most handsome kitty cat,” not realizing that the cat...

June 20, 2019June 20, 2019
Students Creatively Give Back

Students Creatively Give Back

At the recent Market Day at the Food Truck lunch in the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, some Bigelow Hill Intermediate 5th grade students finished the year with an entrepreneurial project with giving back in mind. The students had previously met with various non-profit organizations in Findlay, and then chose non-profits to raise money...

May 24, 2019May 24, 2019
Sea Glass Summer

Sea Glass Summer

SEE GLASS SUMMER. Written by Michelle Houts. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Candlewick Press. $16.99. This lovely collaboration of illustration and text opens with a boy named Thomas staying with his grandmother at her island cottage. Grandmother gives Thomas a magnifying glass that used to belong to his grandfather. Together, they scour the shore looking closely...

May 22, 2019May 22, 2019
The Magic of Letters

The Magic of Letters

THE MAGIC OF LETTERS. Written by Tony Johnston. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. Neal Porter Books/Holiday House. $18.99. “We’re learning letters, but what do they do?” was the question author Tony Johnston’s grandson asked on the first day of kindergarten. This germ of an idea became THE MAGIC OF LETTERS, a lovely tribute to the power...

April 24, 2019April 24, 2019
Full STEAM Ahead: Condas’ Donation Helps Make Mazza Museum Addition Possible

Full STEAM Ahead: Condas’ Donation Helps Make Mazza Museum Addition Possible

The University of Findlay invites the public to celebrate the planned Joseph and Judith Conda STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics/medicine) Education Center addition to the Mazza Museum, thanks in part to generous lead financial donors Joseph and Judith Conda. A ceremony with the Condas, which will include the unveiling of architectural renderings, will be...

March 28, 2019April 5, 2019