Her modern picture book classics Hippos Go Beserk!, Moo, Baa, La La La!, and Blue Hat, Green Hat may be staples on the bookshelves of toddlers and preschoolers everywhere, helping children learn their Opposites and A to Z, but children's book author, illustrator, and musician Sandra Boynton does not frame her work specifically to be educational. To her, that's merely a happy byproduct of creating joyful, layered works to be enjoyed by all ages.
"To me, everything is potentially educational," Boynton says. "Everything that's worthwhile and interesting is educational."
At HGSE to present a retrospective of her work, "In Pursuit of Hipponess," at the Askwith Forum, Boynton spoke to the Harvard EdCast about her eclectic career in the arts and the role that joy plays in her work.
The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.