Virtual Event with Award Winning Author Jane Yolen

The Plymouth Public Library will be hosting an exciting virtual event with Caldecott award winning author Jane Yolen on Sunday, November 22 at 11:00am as  Dr. Richard M. Shiff Forum presents: Jane Yolen – Virtual Author Talk.  Yolen will discuss her newest children's picture book, Plymouth Rocks!: The Stone Cold Truth.

The book tells the history of Plymouth Rock by channeling the voice of Plymouth Rock itself and was written to  mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival.  

Jane Yolen’s books and stories and poems have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, three World Fantasy Awards, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, two Golden Kite Awards, the Jewish Book Award and the Massachusetts Center for the Book award.   To learn more, visit her website,

This will be a Zoom virtual event with Titcomb’s Bookstore selling signed copies of the books. To sign up, follow this link.


About the Book: 

Master storyteller Jane Yolen marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival. A funny— and fact-checked—look at a historical monument.
The history of Plymouth Rock is explained—by the rock itself. Playful, clever verses offer a comprehensive window into the history of the rock and beyond, dispelling common misconceptions along the way.
Alternating with Rock’s poems is a witty analysis of the truthfulness of its statements, told in the voice of the Fact Checker, encouraging young readers to critically engage with history and question whose truths are being told. Rock’s poems and claims are analyzed and corrected when necessary, showing that history is not necessarily written in stone! Truly a book for today’s savvy media consumers.  Did you know:

No large stepping stone is mentioned in any of the journals that colonists’ wrote?
Indigenous peoples lived in the Eastern Woodlands near the rock for millennia—over 12,000 years before the colonists even arrived. Some Native tribes still reside in the area.
The story of the first Thanksgiving isn’t the whole story?
In 1774 and again in 1834, the rock was broken when colonists moved it?

Sam Streed’s fanciful, kid-friendly illustrations express the humor of Rock’s viewpoint and will appeal to little ones just beginning to learn their history.

Jane Yolen is the award-winning author of over three hundred children’s books including Last Laughs: Prehistoric Epitaphs; Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs; Bad Girls (with Heidi E.Y. Stemple); Owl Moon, a Caldecott Medal Winner; the How Do Dinosaurs . . . ? series; and Sea Queens. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of the Americas. Jane lives in Western Massachusetts.

Sam Streed is a children’s book author/illustrator, game artist, and animator. He is the author/illustrator of Alfred's Book of Monsters and is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. Sam lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Event date: 

Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

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Plymouth Rocks!: The Stone-Cold Truth Cover Image
By Jane Yolen, Sam Streed (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580896856
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - September 8th, 2020