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BAMPFA Explores Children’s Books on Film

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On their website, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), states that every generation has their beloved children’s books, especially when it is passed down from parent to child. And that will definitely be the case in the upcoming film series.

Titled Picture This: Classic Children’s Books on Film, this is a feature of over twenty adaptations for four Sunday programs, all of which circle around the simple themes of friendship, identity, trust and imagination. These short films come from stories written mostly by well-renowned authors of children’s books including Dr. Seuss, Rudyard Kipling, Ezra Jack Keats and Maurice Sendak. Also, there will also be writers and illustrators from the Bay Area’s thriving children’s book community, taking part in lively readings and a show-and-tell on making books for kids after the films.

The film series begins on Sunday June 29th with Take Aways. The day includes free admission, as it is part of BAMPFA’s Family Day, with shorts based on books from authors including Leo Lionni, Maurice Sendak, and Dr. Seuss, exploring the themes of trust, collaboration, difference and the unexpected. Guest speaker is author/illustrator Christy Hale. Then on July 13th, it's My Other Self, which explores themes of being unique, or just improving on one’s self. Featured authors include Rudyard Kipling and Jack Kent, and guest speaker is author/illustrator Julie Downing.

July 20th brings Sustainable Stories, and the theme of the environment. Author/illustrator Elisa Kleven is the guest speaker, with works based on authors include Tomie DePaola and Dr. Seuss. And finally on August 10th, there’s Idle Time, where the guest authors are Lea Lyon and Teri Sloat, and the stories are about wonders and reveries, with stories from authors including Ezra Jack Keats, Pete Seeger and Rosemary Wells.

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