My first experience working with the team at National Geographic’s Kids. It was a delight working with Shelby Lees, Amanda Larsen, Hilary Andrews and Darrick McRae! But this book would not be possible without the spirit and drive of Marianne Dyson, and of course, Buzz Aldrin, one of America’s national treasures!
Update: Saturday was an unqualified success. The interactive exhibit designed by the team at the Children’s Museum of Houston is a joy. Rather than just displaying pop up books under glass (as is the usual method of pop-up book exhibitions), they have created a truly hands-on experience for children of all ages. Display cases have rods that allow paper mechanisms to move back and forth to show exactly how these works. Above are paper instructions that you can cut out and form yourself. Another section has a tunnel that allow paper airplanes of various forms to take flight. The planes then fall back out on the floor for retrieval. Origami displays, die cutting, so many educational stations. My workshops were a lot of fun for the lucky dozen in each. I’m not sure who had more fun: the children, their parents, or ME! I look forward to returning so that I can have more time to discover all the features of this outstanding display.
By the way, you can download a copy of the pop up I taught at the workshop, along with step by step visual instructions here:
I am pleased to announce that I will be a featured guest at the grand opening of the new Paper Engineering exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Houston May 12. While there I will be available to sign copies of Love You Forever alongside Sheila McGraw, the illustrator of the best selling book. Additionally I will lead four workshops, first come first served, to learn a little about paper engineering and build a special pop-up for the event.
I do hope you and your parents can make it to the event, but in case you can’t, you can download the pop up from the workshops, and follow along with photo instructions here.