The New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Corinna Luyken will appear at a reception in
her honor at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA) on Thursday, October 13, 5:30 – 8
She is best known for her acclaimed the tree in me, my heart, and the book of mistakes, the
latter of which has widely praised by NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and Entertainment Weekly.
Luyken is also the illustrator of Patchwork (written by Matt de la Peña); Something Good and
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse (both written by Marcy Campbell); Nothing in Common
(written by Kate Hoefler); and Weird Little Robots (written by Carolyn Crimi). She was also
recently named the 2022 Illustrator of the Year by the Virginia Children’s Book Festival.
Each Small Kindness: The Art of Corinna Luyken is an invitation to slow down and see the beauty
that is in our world. Her vibrant illustrations and books are filled with moments of reflection,
joy, and poetic connections. Luyken demonstrates that words and pictures are stronger when
used together and that, in her words, “using art and poetry changes the way we see the world,
ourselves, and other people in it."
LCVA’s curator of exhibitions, Alex Grabiec explains, “’Do you see how with each mistake she is
becoming? Do you see now who she could be?’ These are questions posed at the end of
Corinna Luyken’s the book of mistakes. They are questions of potential, but more specifically,
they are questions of continuous potential. The book teaches us that though mistakes are
inevitable, we are allowed to be pleasantly surprised and can grow from them.”