Oliver Jeffers makes art and tells stories.

Oliver Jeffers is an award-winning visual artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance, and sculpture. Curiosity and humor are underlying themes throughout Oliver’s work as an artist and storyteller. His critically acclaimed picture books are wildly popular with over 14 million copies sold worldwide and translated into over fifty languages.

This exhibition highlights eighty original artworks from Jeffers’s picture books throughout his career and offers creative interactives for all ages to enjoy. From the first sketches of How to Catch a Star to the alternate covers of Here We Are, the exhibition brings together never-before-seen original artworks alongside the familiar faces of Jeffers’s worlds. The exhibition features eighty line drawings, sketches, and finished illustrations for sixteen children’s picture books, including the wildly popular The Day the Crayons Quit and its sequel, The Day the Crayons Came Home; Here We Are; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; This Moose Belongs to Me; and Once Upon an Alphabet.

Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books is organized by the National Centre for Children’s Illustrated Literature.


Exhibition Dates: March 14 – May 26


Exhibition Events:

  • Storytime in the Galleries with Hackley Public Library – Thursday, March 14 | 4 PM
  • Spring Break PJ Party at the Museum! – Thursday, April 4 | 4-7:30 PM

Wear your favorite pajamas to the Spring Break PJ Party at the Muskegon Museum of Art! Have fun with art activities, a museum-wide scavenger hunt, and stories in the Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books exhibition. Finish off the night enjoying snacks and watching an animated film in the auditorium!

4-8 PM – Museum Seek & Find [MMA galleries + exhibitions]

4-6 PM – Art Activity [classroom] 5:15 PM – Story Time [auditorium]

6-7:30 PM – Popcorn & Movie [auditorium] film seating is first-come-first-serve

Free & Open to the Public. The Spring Break PJ Party is in partnership with Hackley Public Library.

  • Storytime in the Galleries with Hackley Public Library – Thursday, April 11 | 4 PM
  • Storytime in the Galleries with Hackley Public Library – Thursday, May 16 | 4 PM



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