Eerdmans Books for Young Readers is the proud publisher of fantastic authors and illustrators. Together we have won such prestigious awards as the Batchelder and Caldecott awards, placed many books on national and state reading lists, and touched the minds and hearts of children around the world.
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Get to know Katy Beebe
Katy Beebe loves books. You can tell just from the way she talks about them: "The scent of books often hangs in the air of the medieval university town of Oxford. If you walk over the cobblestones of Radcliffe Square at just the right time, the aroma of paper, parchment, ink, and glue wafts up from vents in the pavement, hinting at miles of hidden book storage tunnels just underneath the nearby Bodleian Library." Katy has spent many years studying medieval manuscripts (much like the ones Brother Hugo, the main character of her new picture book, might have made) at the Bodleian. In fact, she recently revealed to us on EerdWord that Brother Hugo is based on a self-portrait of a Benedictine monk she came across during her research who apparently added himself to the end of a beautiful manuscripts he was tasked with illuminating.
Not surprisingly, Katy admits to being raised by book nerds. It is hard to think of a better kind of family to come from. Her family was book-centered, her friendships were book-centered, and it is not surprising, then, that her career has been pretty bibliocentric as well. She currently teaches (often about books) at the University of Texas at Arlington. Often she is likened (and even likens herself) to the book-making medieval monks whom she studied in England, but an even more apt comparison might be made, given her appetites, with the book-eating bear who haunts her protagonist Brother Hugo.
Katy Beebe is the author of the newly released Brother Hugo and the Bear, illustrated by the brilliant and prolific S. D. Schindler. You can read all about Katy, Brother Hugo, and Katy's upcoming books at her website, katybeebe.com. She also has lots of wonderful resources for teachers and plenty to look at just for fun.
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