EMWF Kids: The Rock from the Sky—an event for schools!

Tuesday May 4, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. EST (plus Q&A)
EMWF Kids: The Rock from the Sky—an event for schools!

Presented in partnership with Wellington County Library 

Presenter: Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen joins us for a special event for school groups, online learners, and families during Canadian Children’s Book Week.

Here comes The Rock from the Sky, a hilarious meditation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there’s something off somewhere, but you just can’t put your finger on it. Merging broad visual suspense with wry wit, celebrated picture book creator Jon Klassen gives us a wholly original comedy for the ages.

This event will include ASL Interpretation.



The Rock from the Sky
By Jon Klassen
Published by Penguin Random House

Look up! From the Caldecott Medal–winning creator of the Hat Trilogy comes a new deadpan gem.

There is a spot.
It is a good spot.
It is the perfect spot to stand.
There is no reason to ever leave.
But somewhere above there is also a rock.
A rock from the sky.


Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal, the first book to receive both honors; and its companion books, I Want My Hat Back, and We Found a Hat. There have been over 2 million copies of the three books sold worldwideHe also illustrated two Caldecott Honor Books, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, as well as Triangle and Square, all written by Mac Barnett. He also partnered with Barnett on The Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse, which received five starred reviews and was recently named the E. B. White Read-Aloud Winner, an award bestowed by independent booksellers in the United States.

In July 2018, Klassen was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, recognized "for his transformative contributions to children’s literature as an illustrator and author." Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest civilian honors, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

Klassen’s work has received many awards and accolades. The New York Times Book Review says "no one does perturbed animals better," and The Los Angeles Times remarks "The hallmark of Klassen's work is what is not shown but rather left to the imagination." Klassen has done animation design work on projects for clients such as Google, the BBC and worked on animated features such as Kung Fu Panda at Dreamworks and Laika Studios' adaptation of Coraline, and his illustrations have appeared in various outlets including The New Yorker. 

Jon Klassen lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Need the book? Buy from one of our bookselling partners or your local independent bookstore:

Guelph: The Bookshelf is our Guelph bookselling partner for this event. Purchase online at bookshelf.ca or call 519-821-3311 x1 for curbside pickup, free local delivery or Canada-wide shipping.

Toronto: Another Story Bookshop is our Toronto bookselling partner for this event. Purchase online at anotherstory.ca or call 416-462-1104 for curbside pickup, local delivery or Canada-wide shipping.

Durham and York Regions:  Blue Heron Books is our bookselling partner.  Purchase online at blueheronbooks.com or call 905-852-4282 for curbside pickup, local delivery, or Canada-wide shipping.