Zen Tales: The Art of Jon J Muth opened at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) in the spring of 2016. This exhibition is a retrospective featuring original art from the 2006 Caldecott honoree Jon J Muth. On display were pieces from Muth’s earliest works, Come On, Rain! and WHY I WILL NEVER ever ever ever have enough time to READ THIS BOOK, his Caldecott honor winning book, Zen Shorts, and his newest book, Zen Socks.
Jon J Muth’s watercolor art has been called “quietly life-changing” by The New York Times. This exhibition features Muth’s works done in watercolor along with his work in gouache, pastel and ink. His art is heart-warming and each of the books takes the reader on a spiritual journey. The pieces in this exhibition have been grouped into three sections: Tales from around the World, Poems to Learn by Heart (includes two of the books he collaborated with Caroline Kennedy), and Adventures of Stillwater and Koo (includes all the Zen books).