Award-Winning Illustrators Ted and Betsy Lewin Headline Thanksgiving Weekend Event at Norman Rockwell Museum

"How To Babysit a Leopard" by Ted and Betsy Lewin, 2015. Roaring Brook Press.

“How To Babysit a Leopard” by Ted and Betsy Lewin, 2015. Roaring Brook Press.

Stockbridge, MA, November 18, 2015—In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, Norman Rockwell Museum will present a special family day event with award-winning artists and world travelers, Ted and Betsy Lewin on Saturday, November 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. Children’s book authors and illustrators, the Lewins have lived lives of adventure that have taken them to every corner of the world and inspired their art. Starting at 1:30 p.m., the couple will provide a behind-the-scenes look at their new memoir, “How To Babysit a Leopard: And Other True Stories from Our Travels Across Six Continents,” with original art and artifacts on view; a book signing will follow the talk, offering a pre-holiday gift opportunity. At 3 p.m., visitors are invited to read and draw along with Ted and Betsy Lewin, who will share passages from their favorite books and demonstrate how they bring stories to life. Throughout the day, illustrator Pat O’Donnell will be on hand to lead drop-in art activities, offering families the opportunity to design an exotic critter of their own to take home. Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, the event is free with Museum admission.

Ted and Betsy Lewin are both authors and illustrators of award-winning books for children. Inductees into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, each artist has also received the prestigious Caldecott Honor—Ted in 1994 for Elisa Bertone’s “Peppe, the Lamplighter,” and Betsy in 2001 for Doreen Cronin’s “Click, Clack, Moo; Cows That Type.” Collectively, the Lewins have written and/or illustrated nearly 200 books. Their work has been celebrated by and is included in the Kerlan Collection of the University of Minnesota, among other permanent collections. Learn more at their websites: and