What makes Mazza so magical? WBGU-PBS debuts documentary

WBGU-PBS will premiere “The Magic of Mazza,” a new documentary exploring the origins and wonders of University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum – home to the largest and most diverse collection of original picture book art in the world – at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

Viewers can watch live on-air (check channel listings) or livestream for free at wbgu.org.

“The Magic of Mazza” highlights the humble history of Mazza’s beginnings, to what is now the largest and most diverse collection of original picture book art in the world.

Renowned authors and artists detail their passion and admiration for the Mazza galleries that not only showcase their works, but entertain, educate and inspire children and adults alike about the magic and importance of children’s books and illustrations.

The WBGU-PBS production team traveled across the country to meet the authors in person. The hour-long documentary includes interviews with the following authors and a sample of some of their most well-known books:

Steven Kellogg – “The Island of the Skog,” “Pinkerton Behave!” “Can I Keep Him?”

Marc Brown – “Arthur” series

Wendell Minor – “Galapagos George,” “The Eagles Are Back,” “If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond”

Jim Arnosky – “Otters Under Water,” “Raccoon on His Own,” “Thunder Birds”

Patricia Polacco – “The Keeping Quilt”

Rosemary Wells – “Max & Ruby” series

Tom Lichtenheld – “Good Night, Good Night Construction Site,” “Duck! Rabbit!”

Matthew Reinhart – “Harry Potter A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts,” “Pixar A Pop-Up Celebration,” “Disney Princess A Magical Pop-Up World”

Jerry Pinkney – “A Home in the Barn,” “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” “The Christmas Boot”

Don Tate – “Carter Reads the Newspaper,” “No Small Potatoes,” “Par-Tay!”

Major funding for “The Magic of Mazza” is provided by the Mariann Dana Younger Fund at the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation in dedication to Jerry Mallett.

WBGU-PBS is a PBS affiliate and partner of Bowling Green State University serving a 19-county region with award-winning programming and educational resources. For more information, visit www.wbgu.org.

Also, the 25th annual Weekend Conference will be hosted by the Mazza Museum. On Nov. 11 and 12, Mazza welcomes six keynote speakers (children’s book authors and illustrators) to talk with area teachers, librarians and children’s book enthusiasts. This year’s authors and illustrators will be divided into two days of presentations and autographs, with day one featuring a premiere of “The Magic of Mazza.”