Providence, RI – Stop for a moment and think about the books you've read that have changed your life - those remarkably compelling passages that stopped you in your tracks, the literary images that changed the way you understand the world, the thought-provoking dialogue that altered how you view yourself. I suspect that every one of us has at least a short list of life-changing books on that imaginary shelf. And that's especially true for Lisa Van Allsburg.
Van Allsburg has spent years teaching art, creating and producing educational programs, and holding trustee positions on a number of Rhode Island boards. Few things make her happier than bringing the arts to young children and putting books into their eager hands. Van Allsburg is the creator of the Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors at the Lincoln School in Providence.