Thursday, October 2, 2008

Well-known children's author, Jim Arnosky at RTPI Oct. 4

Children’s author Jim Arnosky
Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 1 PM
The program is free—children, families, teachers, and students are all encouraged to attend.

The noted children’s author is coming to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) for a free public program on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 1 PM. Crinkleroot, created for his very first children's book, has proven to be a staple for Arnosky, who has introduced a multitude of animal facts to young readers through the guise of this grand-fatherly woodsman. RTPI is located at 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown, New York.

Jim Arnosky is an artist, naturalist, and dedicated environmentalist. He is self-taught in writing, art and the natural sciences. He began writing and illustrating his now popular books so he could share his enthusiasm for nature with kids. He has written and illustrated more than 91 books for children. He has also illustrated 46 books by other authors. Some of his well-known children’s books include the “All About” titles, such as All About Rattlesnakes and All About Deer. He is the author of the popular Crinkleroot series as well, which includes titles such as Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Birds. Some of his recent works are Babies in the Bayou (January 2007), The Brook Book (February 2008), and Wild Tracks!: A Guide to Nature’s Footprints (April 2008).

Of his work, Arnosky has said, “I prefer to show rather than tell, to teach rather than preach, to guide rather than simply warn. In showing my readers what I look for in my ramblings, I hope that they will keep an eye out for such things and make discoveries of their own when they are outdoors.” Mr. Arnosky is known for his detailed, accurate illustrations. He shares his techniques with kids in his drawing and sketching books, which is something he also enjoys doing with small groups of children. Mr. Arnosky has been awarded the Christopher Medal, Orbis Pictus Honor, ALA Gordon Award, and Outstanding Science book awards from National Science Teachers Associations. Besides writing and illustrating, Jim loves to fish, boat, and play his guitar. He lives on a 20-acre farm with his family in South Ryegate, Vermont.

“Making Nature Come Alive For Young People” is part of RTPI’s Nature Writer Lecture Series, sponsored by the Holmberg Foundation of Jamestown. Jim will be discussing his latest book, Crocodile Safari, which is due out in the spring of 2009. He will also be engaging the audience by playing his guitar and singing some songs that he has made into books, such as Gobble It Up (Fall 2008) and I’m A Turkey (Fall 2009). In addition, Jim will be debuting a new, original song to introduce his readers to the life and work of Roger Tory Peterson! Jim’s video and photography methods to study wildlife will also be discussed. The program is free—children, families, teachers, and students are all encouraged to attend.

Don’t miss this unique chance to meet the author at RTPI on Saturday, October 4th at 1 PM! Books will be available for sale and signing. Please visit the author’s website at For more information about this or other events please contact the Institute at (716) 665-2473, (800) 758-6841, or visit The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is located at 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown, NY.

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