ejit classroom In March, 2007, Paul and Deborah Zelinsky and younger daughter Rachel took a trip to visit older daughter Anna, who is teaching in the Marshall Islands. While there, Paul gave presentations at two schools, arranged through the Dartmouth Volunteer Teaching Program.

For more about the trip, click on the picture.

winged horse An online auction to benefit the activities of NCCIL, The National Center for Chidren's Illustrated Literature, included a piece of book cover art by Paul Zelinsky. It is a watercolor from E. Nesbit's Book of Dragons. The picture at right is a detail; the full image can be seen on the auction's website.

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Mazza Deputy Director Ben Sapp, Paul Zelinsky, and Director Jerry Mallett

On November 11th, 2006, Paul was presented with the Mazza Medallion from the Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay in Ohio.

The Mazza Medallion is designed to honor a living illustrator of children’s and/or young adult books who has created works of outstanding merit. The key criterion for choosing a recipient for this award is the candidate’s sensitivity to the varying requirements of different stories.

The beautiful paper sculpture medallion was designed and created by Findlay artist, Betty Fulmer.

A May, 2006, auction for the Open Fields School in Thetford, Vermont, featured goose eggs decorated by many children's book illustrators. Zelinsky's contribution, in oils, is called "Egg Wrestling." It shows Swamp Angel wrestling with her nemesis, the giant bear Thundering Tarnation. The two of them together cover the entire surface of the egg.

The event was very successful for the school, and "Egg Wrestling" was the top egg of the auction.

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The Open Fields School website has a page for this egg. Click here to see it.

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The 2006 Paddlewheeler Festival, at Brooklyn's P.S.8, included a presentation of drawing into the computer. Sketches were then posted on the P.S.8 PTA's website. One nice thing about this kind of chalk-talk is that the school can have the drawings digitally, so they can be distributed to children, or put on a website...