Jon Klassen on children's stories and stealing hats

An image from the cover of This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)


In a special treat, Jon Klassen -- one of the most acclaimed new talents in children's literature -- joins guest host and illustrator Kevin Sylvester to discuss storytelling, stealing hats and when it's okay to scare kids.

Klassen, author/illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat, won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 2013 and was one of five children's illustration finalists for the 2013 Governor General Literary Awards. The Winnipeg-born artist is known for his dry and sometimes dark sensibility, and his work on high profile projects like Lemony Snicket's The Dark and the animated version of Neil Gaiman's Coraline.

Watch Jon and Kevin engage in a friendly qoodle duel! Which hat would you steal for Jian?

A closer look at Klassen's work

Here are some sample illustrations, courtesy of Candlewick Press, from This Is Not My Hat (first two images) and I Want My Hat Back. The latter was awarded the 2013 Caldecott Medal, which honours the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children each year.



This Is Not My Hat. Copyright © 2013 by Jon Klassen. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.



I Want My Hat Back
. Copyright © 2011 by Jon Klassen. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

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