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  • 2017 Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award

    It Came in the Mail  written and illustrated by Ben Clanton and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016  

    It Came in the MailImagination is a powerful thing, especially when a child’s desire for some mail encourages him to think outside the “mail” box. Young Liam learns that writing a letter can lead to some extraordinary return mail. This humorous story may inspire children to write their own letters as they dream BIG.  

    Young readers especially enjoyed the humor of this book and interacting with the illustrations and the text.  Adults who read this story with children commented that this was a favorite for children to re-read on their own, the ideas in the book really captured the children’s imaginations, and that they were into it from the beginning until the end. One child responded, “Why doesn’t my mailbox send me things like that”? 

    Ben Clanton is the author and illustrator of numerous popular children’s books. Clanton lives in Seattle Washington with his wife, son, and dog. He is currently working on a new picture book series. Ben Clanton’s bright and imaginative illustrations are rendered in pencil and watercolor and assembled digitally.  The illustrations add to the sense of fun and creativity so central to the story.  (MARILYN LABRENSZ AND LISA STAIGER)