For more information, or to help plan our Author Visits, please contact program coordinator JoYin Shih.
PTA fundraising supports our Author Visits Program, with $500 per grade dedicated to this program. The program gives students a chance to speak to authors and illustrators about their work. Books are more than revered pages of words–they are art projects, displays of emotion, the telling of personal histories and adventures. These visits encourage our children to be writers and illustrators of their own stories. We plan to partner with Terrace Books in our 2016-17 year to inspire further interaction with local authors and writing projects.
The 2016 Meet the Author Program brought in writers and illustrators of the books that our children love to read:
Naoko Stoop, a Japanese born, Brooklyn based author/illustrator of the picture book series The Red Knit Cap Girl, visited each kindergarten class and demonstrated how she painted the characters in her story. After reading to the students, she guided the kids in making origami hats of the animal characters in her book.
Shannon Whitt, a PS 154 parent and illustrator of Shakespeare's Seasons, engaged the 1st graders in the art of collage. Whitt partnered with our art teacher, Ms. Kelly, to help the students create their own imagery inspired by Shakespearean verse.
Kate Hosford, another Brooklyn author/illustrator, presented her newest book, Feeding the Flying Fellini's, to the 2nd grade classes and dug into each page, discussing emotions, rhyme, puns and even math. The curriculum sheets she created can be seen here.
Betsey and Ted Lewin have co-written and illustrated several books about their travels to remote places, including Uganda in Gorilla Walk and Mongolia in Horse Song, as well as How to Babysit a Leopard: and Other True Stories from Our Travels Across Six Continents(Roaring Brook Press, 2015). They visited the 3rd grade classes and discussed how their adventures inspired their stories and pictures.
Newbery Medal Winner Jacqueline Woodson presented a personable discussion with the 4th grade about her book, Brown Girl Dreaming, an autobiographical poem written in verse.