Sunday, February 28, 2010

Brandywine River Museum Offers "Celebrating Caldecott" Reading Reward Program
in Conjunction with
Drawing from a Story: Selected Caldecott Medal Winners Exhibition

To encourage a love of art and reading, the Brandywine River Museum will offer one free admission ticket to the exhibition Drawing from a Story: Selected Caldecott Medal Winners, to any child age 12 or under who reads, or has read to them, eight Caldecott Medal winning books.

On view from March 20 through May 23, Drawing from a Story: Selected Caldecott Medal Winners features the works of selected Caldecott winners from seven decades and over 30 books, including Maurice Sendak, Dorothy Lathrop, David Wiesner, Paul O. Zelinsky, Leo and Diane Dillon, Robert McCloskey, David Wiesner, and 2010 winner Jerry Pinkney, among many others. First awarded in 1938, the Caldecott Medal is considered the most prestigious award for children's book illustration.

Parents can download the form from the Museum's website at www.brandywinemuseum.org (available March 1). Once the form is completed with the names of the eight required books, and signed by a parent, simply bring the form to the Museum to receive one free admission ticket when purchasing admission. If a child is age 5 or under, coupon may be used for accompanying adult.

The Brandywine River Museum offers a day of art and reading adventures on April 1 with "Celebrating Caldecott Children's Day." Families may visit any time from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and take a guided tour of the exhibition, listen to stories, see animated versions of Maurice Sendak's books (Into the Night Kitchen, Where the Wild Things Are, and Chicken Soup with Rice) and create hands-on art projects. The program is free with regular museum. For information, contact the education office at education@brandywine.org or 610-388-8382.

David Wiesner, one of only two artists to receive the Caldecott Medal three times, will sign copies of his books on April 11, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The museum is open daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults; $6 for seniors ages 65 and over, students, and children ages 6-12; free for children under six and Brandywine Conservancy members. For more information, please call 610-388-2700 or visit the museum's website at www.brandywinemuseum.org

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