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Brian Selznick

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    Brian Selznick feels that his illustrations are more authentic when he immerses himself in his subject matter. For the picture book "Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride", Selznick spent six months in Washington, DC conducting research at libraries and museums. For his Caldecott-Honor-winning illustrations in "The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins", he traveled to London to sketch, photograph, and climb inside the famous dinosaur replicas. For his best-selling 533-page illustrated novel, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret", Selznick watched old French films, interviewed experts, and traveled to Paris three times. That book won the 2008 Caldecott Medal for it's groundbreaking "cinematic" illustrations. Learn about his research methods, how he ended up as a children's illustrator, and his childhood inspirations in this series of Meet the Author videos.

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    GI Joe Island

    Brian Selznick waxes nostalgic about the days when he used to play with action figures and give haircuts to his little troll dolls.

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    Choosing a Career

    When Brian Selznick enrolled in art school, the one thing he knew for sure was that he didn’t want to illustrate children’s books. Listen as Brian details his career ideas in theater and set design and how he finally ended up focusing on illustration after all.

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    Eeyore's Books for Children

    While working at a popular Manhattan bookstore, Selznick received a hands-on education in children’s literature.

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    A Trip to the Moon

    Brian Selznick has been fascinated by cinema ever since he was a young boy.

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    Automata

    Selznick describes how these complicated wind-up toys inspired his best-selling book, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret".

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    The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    This unique 533-page book doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre. It’s not a traditional novel. And it’s not a graphic novel either. Selznick himself doesn’t even know what to call it.

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    Heavy Reading

    Parents and teachers report that struggling readers feel a sense of accomplishment when they conquer this humongous book, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret".

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    Climbing Inside the Dinosaurs

    Brian Selznick discusses how first-hand research makes his work feel more authentic.

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Explore how Brian Selznick became an illustrator and author of children’s books and how he creates meaningful illustrations. Discover the inspiration behind “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and recognize how his interest in cinema played into it.


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    Meet the Author

    http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/selznick

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    WETA Learning Media, ReadingRockets.org

  • Source:

    Meet the Author

    http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/selznick

    Credits

    WETA Learning Media, ReadingRockets.org

  • Source:

    Meet the Author

    http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/selznick

    Credits

    WETA Learning Media, ReadingRockets.org

  • Source:

    Meet the Author

    http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/selznick

    Credits

    WETA Learning Media, ReadingRockets.org

  • Source:

    Meet the Author

    http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/selznick

    Credits

    WETA Learning Media, ReadingRockets.org

  • Source:

    Meet the Author

    http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/selznick

    Credits

    WETA Learning Media, ReadingRockets.org

  • Source:

    Meet the Author

    http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/selznick

    Credits

    WETA Learning Media, ReadingRockets.org

  • Source:

    Meet the Author

    http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/selznick

    Credits

    WETA Learning Media, ReadingRockets.org

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Funder: U.S. Department of Education