A Visit with Lois Ehlert

My article for Book Links on Lois Ehlert is out!

Last spring I was in Milwaukee for our state school library/media conference and I met up with Ms. Ehlert at her apartment/studio to talk about her latest book, Oodles of Animals. I was so nervous! I’m not the most outgoing person, and I had never interviewed someone in person before. So not only did I have to navigate the Marquette interchange construction on my own, but once I got there, I had to sound (and look!) coherent while making sure my new Zoom H2 Handy Recorder was working. But it went great and Ms. Ehlert was very gracious. The full interview is in the September 2008 issue of Book Links. In the meantime, here are some tidbits I found interesting that didn’t necessarily make their way into the article:

  • If you haven’t read Oodles of Animals yet, all the animal illustrations were created from the same 9 shapes used over and over again.

    I’m dying to try out a similar activity with students.

  • If you have enough of something, it makes a cool collection and visual statement. I took this photo for my sons. These are antique wooden fishing lures displayed on a windowsill.


  • She also had a collection of wooden birds. You could tell she loves color–outside of her books, too!
  • She has a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree!

    Well, not really. This is a wooden papaya tree, not a coconut tree. But it was still cool.

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