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Picture Book Hour: Reif Larsen and Ben Gibson

Picture Book Hour: Reif Larsen and Ben Gibson

Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 02:00PM ET
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Join us for a discussion about the making of Uma Wimple Charts Her House with picture book co-creators Reif Larsen and Ben Gibson, followed by a Q&A and craft!

About Co-Creators Reif Larsen and Ben Gibson & the Book!

Hip, funny, unique--and a perfect curriculum tie-in--here's a picture book with mega kid-appeal about the challenges a student faces when she is given an assignment to make a chart of her own home!

Uma's been making charts since she was a little kid. But when her teacher gives the class Uma's dream assignment--to make a chart of their own homes--she is thrown for a loop. Oh, the possibilities! Oh, the pressure! What makes a house housey? she wonders. In order to figure it out, she asks each member of her family--Mom, Dad, and brothers Rex, Bram, and Lukey. But it's not until she has a meltdown and Lukey comforts her that Uma figures out the secret to her chart--and her family. It's the love that is shared inside a house's walls.

Told in first-person and featuring engaging graphic artwork, this fun and lively picture book--perfect for classroom use--is a reminder that someone's true home is not a place, but rather the people with whom you surround yourself.

Reif Larsen is the author of two novels for adults, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet (a New York Times bestseller) and I Am RadarThe Selected Works was translated into 27 languages and made into a movie, The Young and Prodigious T. S. Spivet, starring Helena Bonham-Carter. His essays and articles have appeared in the New York TimesGQThe Guardian and many others. He is the founder of The Future of Small Cities Institute and lives in Troy, NY.

Ben Gibson, a former art director for Riverhead Books, is the co-founder and design director of Pop Chart Labs, a design collective combining infographics and pop culture. His work for Pop Chart has been featured on Today, Daily Candy, and BuzzFeed, among others. Ben is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. Visit him at