L'École des Loisirs Celebrates 50 Years of Boundary-Pushing Children’s Books

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Nov 20-Dec 20, 2015
A month-long 50th anniversary celebration of French children’s publisher L’École des Loisirs

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York is hosting a month-long 50th anniversary celebration of French children’s publisher L’École des Loisirs, known for its irreverent and boundary-pushing stories that empower children to explore and indulge their curiosity. Festivities include a free, first-ever U.S. exhibition of original drawings by L’École des Loisirs illustrators, and a series of free kids’ workshops at Albertine Books, MoMA Design Store in SoHo, and The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn.

Curated by writer and blogger Maria Popova and with support from Honorary Chairman and legendary children’s book author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer, the exhibition will showcase original L’École des Loisirs drawings and rare reprints from timeless classics such as Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Zou by Michel Gay and Le plus malin by Mario Ramos.

Creative workshops throughout the duration of the exhibition geared toward children of various ages will be led by French and Francophone writers and illustrators including Dorothée de Monfried (Shhh! I’m sleeping, I'd Really Like to Eat a Child, Dark Night), Matthieu Maudet (A Mammoth in the Fridge, Hello, Doctor), Magali Bonniol (Cornebidouille), French-Algerian Malika Ferdjoukh (Le Club de la Pluie, Quatre soeurs), Québécoise Marianne Dubuc (The Lion and the Bird, The Bus ride), and New York-based comic artist Pénélope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse, Josephine). Curator and Brooklyn-based writer and author of the acclaimed blog BrainPickings.org, Maria Popova, will also moderate a conversation on December 14. 

Additionally, a silent auction to support the first public high school in New York with a French-English International Baccalaureate Program (grades 6-12) taking place on December 10 will feature several books by L’École des Loisirs illustrators and also take place on December 10 at 972 Fifth Avenue.

All events are free, in English, and open to the public.

The exhibition is open everyday: Mon-Sat: 11am-7pm; Sun: 11am-6pm

You can also download the brochure edl_brochure.pdf

Festival Lineup


November 21 at 1pm, ages 3 and up

Workshop: Create Your Own Doggy Book

MoMA Design Store, 81 Spring St., New York, NY

Dive into the world of book publishing and craft your very own story with author-illustrator Dorothée de Monfreid (Shhh! I’m sleeping, I'd Really Like to Eat a Child, Dark Night). Read more


December 5 at 11am, ages 4 and up

Workshop: Building a Story

Albertine Books, 972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Join French illustrator Matthieu Maudet (A Mammoth in the Fridge, Hello, Doctor) for a special workshop and reading at Albertine Books. Children will be invited to help Maudet construct a story in real time as he creates drawings based on their suggestions. Read more

Co-presented by the French Embassy and Jacadi.


December 7 at 6pm, ages 9 and up

Conversation: Coming of Age Tales

Albertine Books, 972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Join author Malika Ferdjoukh (Le Club de la Pluie, Quatre soeurs) and Tommy Wallach (We all looked up) for a fun and engaging discussion on the timeless coming of age tale. Read more


December 10 at 6pm

Benefit and Silent Auction for the School for International Studies in Brooklyn

Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Join us to support the first public high school in New York with a French-English International Baccalaureate Program (grades 6-12). With books specially dedicated by illustrators from L’École des Loisirs. Suggested Donation at the door: $50 Read more


December 12, 4-6pm, for all ages

Workshop: A Battle of Drawings 

The Invisible Dog Art Center - 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY

Watch author and illustrator Matthieu Maudet (A Mammoth in the Fridge, Hello, Doctor), author and comic artist Pénélope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse, Josephine), Julia Rothman (Hello NY) and other guest illustrators engage in a fast-paced battle of drawings. Read more

Free cookies provided by Michel et Augustin.


December 14, 7pm, for all ages

Talking Illustration

Community Bookstore, 143 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Join Magali Bonniol (Cornebidouille) and Marianne Dubuc (The Lion and the Bird, The Bus Ride) for a conversation on power of illustration in children's books. Moderated by Brooklyn-based writer and author of the acclaimed blog BrainPickings.org, Maria Popova.

A very special thanks to Matthieu Maudet for the original cover illustration.

 


The L’École des Loisirs 50th Anniversary Exhibition is made possible by generous support from L’École des Loisirs, Jacadi, l’Institut français, Yves Delorme, Pistache NYC and Michel et Augustin.

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