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Local illustrator and author Jonathan Bean didn't grow up in Harrisburg, PA, but he is quickly becoming a fixture as the capital city’s latest artist in residence.
Bean's book AT NIGHT is the August 2012 witf – Midtown Scholar Pick of the Month. It has won both the Boston Globe Horn Book Award and the Zolotow Honor Award for writing.
AT NIGHT tells the story of a young girl who has trouble falling asleep in the big city. Determined to find a peaceful place to sleep, she roams the house until her journey finally leads her to the roof. Parents living in the city will enjoy this beautiful story with its urban setting and quiet tone. With its imaginative story line, calm illustration style and easy to read text, AT NIGHT makes for the perfect bedtime story, ideal for young children and emerging readers.
The New York Times wrote, “Bean's debut as an author is sweet and resonant.” Kirkus Reviews described him as "Someone to watch."
Bean grew up in rural Pennsylvania and moved to New York City after college. There he attended the School of Visual Arts and graduated with a Master's in Illustration. He received his first offer to author and illustrate a children's book based his thesis project, a story called AT NIGHT.
From living in the city Bean drew on personal experience to create a book that Amazon reviewers praise as "engaging," "gentle," and "delightful".
Hard at work in his new Harrisburg studio, Jonathan Bean will celebrate the release of his next books, BUILDING OUR HOUSE and BIG SNOW, in 2013. He now resides in Harrisburg’s Midtown Arts District. For those who want to see more illustration work by Bean, check out his eloquent pictures for ONE STARRY NIGHT and THE APPLE PIE THAT PAPA BAKED, written by Lauren Thompson.
During Third in the Burg – Harrisburg’s monthly Artswalk every Third Friday– you’ll find Bean at 1320 North 3rd Street exhibiting his own work, along with the work of other illustrators. Stop by then, when opens his studio to the public!
Bean will also appear at witf’s Ready Set Go Kindergarten event on Saturday, August 11, 2012 from 9a-1p. He’ll be available for meet and greets and book signings.
Signed copies of AT NIGHT are available for purchase at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore.
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