Sat AM Storytime:Neela Vaswani, New York Eye


Neela Vaswani
This is My Eye: A New York Story

Saturday, March 30, 10:30am

It's not what you look at, it's what you see.

Take a journey through New York City: shapes, colors, patterns, and people are everywhere—and things look different depending on who is doing the looking. 

In this playful, poetic ode to photography and point of view, one young girl captures moments of insight and community in her beloved hometown.  This fictional exploration will delight kids and parents in today’s world of images and bold self-expression.

Neela Vaswani is the author of the short story collection, Where the Long Grass Bends; the mixed-genre memoir, You Have Given Me a Country; the middle-grade novel, Same Sun Here (co-written with Silas House), and the picture book, This is My Eye (author and illustrator).  She is the recipient of the American Book Award, a PEN/O.Henry Prize, the ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal, the Italo Calvino Prize for Emerging Writers, the Nautilus Book Award, and many other literary honors.  Also an audio book narrator, she received a Grammy for her narration of I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World and an Audie Award for her narration of Same Sun Here.  

Vaswani has a Ph.D. in American Cultural Studies and an MFA in Writing.  She lives in New York City with her family and teaches at Spalding University’s brief-residency MFA in Writing Program.  She is an education activist in the U.S. and India, and a frequent collaborator with multimedia performance groups based in New York.  

“The minute I saw this book I absolutely had to read it…Vaswani goes whole hog on the urban experience. We adults sometimes forget how the world looks through the eyes of a kid. This book manages to capture that feeling. I’ve rarely encountered a book that put me back in the shoes of a nine-year-old so perfectly. Some of the most stunning photographs of the year are right here. Don’t miss it.” -School Library Journal (Elizabeth Bird)

"The city’s sweeping landscapes juxtaposed with its small, pulsating minutiae pick up an easy momentum as the poetic text moves rhythmically from page to page…Vaswani’s debut picture book is an elegant and playful look at perspective, photography, and a familiar (to many) cityscape.  A captivating journey." -Kirkus Review

"Kids everywhere will find this a vibrant window to the world that will encourage them to look again." -Center for Children's Books

"[A} visual feast.  The simple narrative makes this accessible to youngsters in preschool, but the sophisticated ideas it illustrates could extend its readership up through the elementary grades and even into middle school picture book collections. It could be used as an intro to photography and/or a demonstration of point of view and perspective. Many of the photos could easily serve as writing prompts."  Youth Services Book Review (starred review)


Event date: 
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Event address: 
54 Fairfield St.
Watchung Plaza
Montclair, NJ 07042
This Is My Eye: A New York Story Cover Image
By Neela Vaswani, Neela Vaswani (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763676162
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - August 14th, 2018

Same Sun Here Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763664510
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - August 6th, 2013