What Inspired Ryan to Create We Don’t Eat Our Classmates?
by Tatiana Florival
“Penelope as a series is about being different and figuring out how to navigate the world as an individual and being yourself.” —Ryan T. Higgins
Watch Ryan’s charming video interview about We Don’t Eat Our Classmates to discover how he was inspired to create this funny and relatable picture book about being yourself and learning to have empathy for others, especially during back to school.
Your class will be delighted to learn:
• How Penelope was inspired by a combination of Ryan’s son’s back-to-school nerves, one of his niece’s classmates, and Ryan’s own love of dinosaurs
• How “fun” is a central part of We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
• Ryan’s creative process and how illustrating and writing fit together
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Ryan T. Higgins (ryanthiggins.com) is the author and illustrator of the New York Times–bestselling Mother Bruce, which received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor; Hotel Bruce; BE QUIET!; and Bruce’s Big Move. He lives in Maine with his wife and kids and lots of pets.
Photo credit: Bethany McNaughton
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