Naoko Stoop demonstrates her illustration technique to a class of kindergarten students.

Naoko Stoop demonstrates her illustration technique to a class of kindergarten students.

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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.

The 2017-2018 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, an 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.

Julie Sternberg, another Brooklyn author, presented her book, Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie to the 2nd grade classes and dug into each page, discussing emotions like loss, loneliness and the joys of friendship.

Fiona Robinson discussed her book Ada’s Ideas with the 3rd grade classes. Ada’s Ideas is about Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer. The children got to learn about a strong woman who bucked the rules of her strict society and became a pioneer in the world of math and science.

Michael Buckley, a New York Times bestselling author, visited our 4th and 5th grade classes. He was engaging, inspiring, and hilarious! Michael Buckley wrote the Sisters Grimm series, which inject classic fairy tales with modern day sensibilities and suspense.