The 37th Annual McFadden Memorial Lecture featuring David Wiesner was held on Friday, April 7th, 2014, 7:00 pm at North Central High School.
David Wiesner is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Caldecott Medal for picture book illustration - for Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002, and Flotsam in 2006. He is only the second person to be a three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal. Two of Wiesner's other books, Sector 7 and FreeFall, were named Caldecott Honor Books. His newest book is Mr. Wuffles!
Among other honors, Wiesner received the Japan Picture Book Award for Tuesday, the French Prix Sorcières for The Three Pigs, and the Banco del Libro for Flotsam. He was the United States nominee and a finalist for the 2008 Hans Christian Andersen Award.
As a child growing up in suburban New Jersey, Wiesner re-created his world daily in his imagination. A swamp, a cemetery and a landfill bound the outskirsts of his neighborhood, representing exotic lands that became anything from a faraway planet to a prehistoric jungle. When the everyday play stopped, he would follow his imagination into the pages of books, wandering among the dinosaurs of Charles Knight, the surreal landscapes of Salvador Dali, and the fantastic universes of Jack Kirby. The images before him generated a love of detail, an admiration for the creative process, and a desire to tell stories with the pictures he was drawing.
As a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Weisner developed the narrative aspects of this work and realized that the picture book was the perfect form in which to present his stories and images.
The 2014 McFadden Lecture was made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.