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Children’s writer, illustrator to speak Thursday in Bellingham

Award-winning children’s writer and illustrator Melissa Sweet, whose books include “Balloons Over Broadway,” will be at the Children’s Literature Conference on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Western Washington University.
Award-winning children’s writer and illustrator Melissa Sweet, whose books include “Balloons Over Broadway,” will be at the Children’s Literature Conference on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Western Washington University. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Award-winning children’s writer and illustrator Melissa Sweet will discuss how she creates a book during a “50 Shades of Green” presentation in advance of her weekend appearance at a major literary event.

Sweet, whose books include “Balloons Over Broadway,” “The Right Word,” “A Splash of Red” and “River of Words,” has won a Caldecott Honor, an Orbis Pictus Honor and a Sibert Medal, in addition to earning ALA Notable listings and starred reviews from Kirkus. She is among the featured writers and artists at the noted Children’s Literature Conference on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Western Washington University.

“50 Shades of Green” is free from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Presentation Room (164) of Wilson Library, 516 High St., across from Viking Union on the WWU campus.

Sweet will show how to mix 50 shades of the color green and start a collage with words and images. She’ll also discuss how she creates a book from the initial sketches to finished art. There will be opportunities for questions from the audience and books for sale. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Sylvia Tag, sylvia.tag@wwu.edu.

Robert Mittendorf

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