Thursday, January 3, 2013

Getting ready for "Before the Boats" - Artist Jeni Reeves

Karen Hoyt created this section for the Village murals that
will be part of the museum exhibit.
This past week I was thrilled to be able to take a peek at the preparations for the upcoming exhibit at the African American Museum exhibit (Cedar Rapids, Iowa).

Jeni Reeves - the illustrator of dozens of children's books and a fine artist who is known for her landscape and portrait paintings uses her talents to create panels that will be included in the Rain Forest section of the exhibit. The exhibit will have a b&w guide that will help visitors identify the flora and fauna of this environment.

Jeni's work will be a major part of this exhibit that opens on January 12, 2013
and will continue through March 30, 2014.
Find out more about the exhibit by visiting the museum's website at Find out more about Jeni Reeves at her website at
Anyone planning a major children's literature conference or just wanting to have an inspiring author/illustrator visit your school/community for a day with readers might wish to invite Jeni.
Jeni Reeves enjoys sharing her art and her book illustrations with young readers and artists.
If you are interested in inviting Jeni Reeves to your school or library -- for an author appearance please contact us at McBookwords.
Jeni will be part of a forum at the  Wisconsin State Reading Association Conference - Feb. 7-9, 2013.  The session will be presented on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 9:30 -11:00 a.m.
Authors Speak: Common Core State Standards and an Author's Role  Presenters: Sharron McElmeel, Dori Hillestad Butler, Michelle Edwards, Carol Gorman, Jeni Reeves.
McBookwords has a dozen or more authors that speak with young readers.  If you would like to investigate having an author visit your school or library -- for an author appearance please contact us at McBookwords.  Each of these authors often speak  in schools with young readers, and at all types of groups that are interested in literacy and  books.