Yale Alumni Magazine

How imagination begins.

Yale Cover Art by Elisha Cooper

If you want to write children’s books, grow up on a farm, then go to Yale and don’t study. It worked for me.

My family’s New England farm was full of cows, goats, and barn cats, a perfect rural studio for a child who loved to draw.

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ART in PLACE: Social Distancing in the Studio

The Carle’s first online exhibition, ART in PLACE: Social Distancing in the Studio, organized while the Museum remains shuttered due to the pandemic. We asked 21 picture-book artists, isolating in studios around the world, to
share their most recent work with us. We were curious to know how creativity is sustaining them during these long and worrisome days. It is our hope that their art will provide comfort to you too, and even spark your own creativity.

Science will get us out of this. Art will get us through this.

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Running Toward a New World

Masks, bandannas, dogs and distance make up the landscape of exercise in New York City.

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The Winter Surfers of Rockaway Beach

On an icy break at the end of a subway line in Queens, freezing waves don’t deter the die-hards. For the hardiest, a wet suit is optional.
surfing elisha cooper

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The Case for River

Author-illustrator Elisha Cooper visits 7-Imp today to talk about the making of the case for his newest picture book, River (Orchard, October 2019). The final case is pictured above. I love love love what he shares below and particularly like that he focuses (very specifically) on the thought and care that goes into the making of a picture book cover.

A Case For River

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A Day in the Life of Court 15

A hazy sun rises through the trees of Flushing Meadows Corona Park that overlook Court 15 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The court is empty. It is Tuesday, the second day of the United States Open.

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The Life Cycle of a Book

Where do book ideas come from? That first spark, that moment of conception? If I believed in God, I’d say that book ideas come from Her. Since I don’t, I wonder if they come from an accidental accumulation of living: riding the subway, reading a book, drinking coffee, remembering a moment. Then, wham, book idea.

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After Cancer, A Father Reflects

In the basement dressing room of the David H. Koch Theater, the ballet moms and I watched “The Nutcracker” play on the video monitor. We watched our daughters dance – they were candy canes this year – and we took photos of them as they tumbled downstairs after performing on stage, their costumes jangling with bells. Mostly, though, over countless shows and countless cups of coffee, we dissected the performances of the principal dancers.

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Gentlemen, Start Your Tugboats

As annual New York competitions go, the Great North River Tugboat Race is, not surprisingly, a bit of a plodder. Organized by the Working Harbor Committee, the 25-year-old race is contested over the same mile of Hudson River, often by many of the same entrants, year after year, generally to little fanfare.

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Reading in the Shadow of Sendak

I’m pretty sure I was the least productive Sendak Fellow. The Sendak Fellowship is awarded each year to a small group of children’s book authors, who then spend a month at Maurice Sendak’s summer home, a bucolic cluster of farmhouses, barns, and ponds nestled in the hills of upstate New York. Each Fellow is given a cottage, food, money, a studio, the space to create. But in a place designed for work, I didn’t.

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