Visiting Authors at Friends
The goal of the Friends Visiting Author program is to help students make connections with great writing/illustrating and the people behind the work that goes into producing books.
This year, we are proud to be hosting the 2016 Newbery Medalist and all three 2016 Newbery Honorees.
Matt de la Peña, winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal for his picture book, Last Stop on Market Street, visited with students in grades PK-12 on November 9. Mr. de la Peña is best known for his young adult fiction. But his brilliant picture book, about a child and his grandmother riding a bus and witnessing the beauty of their urban environment, was the second picture book to ever win the Newbery.
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley visited with students in grades 3-8 on October 6. Bradley was the recipient of a Newbery Honor for her book, The War that Saved My Life. The book also won the Schneider Family Award, which is given for children's literature that portrays characters with disabilities.
Pam Muñoz Ryan, a Newbery honoree for her book, Echo, and a multiple winner of the Pura Belpré Award for outstanding writing by a Latino/a author, visited with students in grades PK - 8 on October 24. Ryan rarely makes school visits, so we were honored to have her on campus.
Victoria Jamieson, the author/illustrator of the Newbery Honor winner, Roller Girl, is scheduled to visit Friends the week of May 15, 2017. We hope that Jamieson, herself a roller derby skater, will inspire some of our own Charm City Rollers to stop by campus for some derby action.