Winnipeg students celebrate the magic of winter with picture book When The Moon Comes
On Oct. 10, 2018, author Paul Harbridge and illustrator Matt James gathered with six, seven and eight-year-olds at Winnipeg's Millennium Library to talk about their book When The Moon Comes, which was a finalist for the $50,000 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.
About 100 participating children read the book together with their teachers beforehand, and came prepared with thoughts and questions to share with Harbridge and James. The children also got the opportunity to hear from the author and illustrator about how the book was created.
Following a reading, CBC Manitoba's Weekend Morning Show host Nadia Kidwai spoke with Harbridge and James about their inspirations, the collaborative process and what they love most about writing children's books.
The children also had a chance to ask the creators a few questions about how their own childhoods influenced the boo.
When The Moon Comes is Harbridge's love letter to his childhood and the magic of playing hockey on a frozen, moonlit pond. James's beautiful illustrations capture the anticipation and joy the kids feel as they wait for the perfect night to trek through the woods to their ice cold sanctuary.