Through the efforts of the MTW committee, up to 15 children’s book authors and illustrators come to our library and meet with our children each year, sharing their work, talking about their artistic processes, and answering questions from the children. The visit is followed by a brown bag lunch, during which grade teachers and MTW committee members meet and visit with the authors. Each grade typically hosts two visits.
2017-18 Schedule so far…
TED LEWIN (10/26/17)
Ted Lewin will kick off this year’s Meet the Writers series with a visit to see our third graders on Thursday, October 26th. An avid traveler, many of Lewin’s books are inspired by trips to such places as the Amazon River, the Sahara Desert, Botswana, Eqypt, Lapland and India. Titles include Gorilla Walk, Animals Work, What am I? Where am I?, Puffling Patrol and Can You See Me? Winner of a Caldecott Honor and awards from the Society of Illustrators, Ted lives in Brooklyn with his wife, illustrator Betsy Lewin (also on the MTW roster!).
NINA CREWS (11/6/17)
Again this year, Nina Crews will visit PS 321 on Monday, November 6, to talk to first grade classes. Crews’ work combines photographs and photo collage to create energetic stories about young children. Nina often draws from classical tales or delves into children’s imaginary adventures for subject matter, using friends and family members as live models to create her unique visual style. Her bestselling titles include The Neighborhood Mother Goose, One Hot Summer Day (a Sesame Street Parents ‘Kids Hit’ selection) and Below (an ALA Notable Selection, along with Mother Goose). Nina lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
- Hosting author visits (setting up lobby, escorting authors through building, facilitating and enjoying) the presentations
- Setting up and facilitating the post-visit brown-bag lunch with the teachers
- Designing and hanging author posters, blogging about visits for the PS 321 website
- Book ordering and scheduling author visits.
It is a wonderful opportunity to meet some extremely accomplished (and personable) authors and illustrators, and share in our children’s enthusiasm as they “Meet the Writers.”
Hosting days typically require 3-1/2 hours. There is some minimal pre- and post- visit preparation necessary. Parents can host as many or as few author visits as they wish. The committee is always open to parent participation.