Author Invasion: Five Award Winning Children’s Authors to Visit Evanston
During the week of October 24 – 28th, Foundation 65 will bring five critically acclaimed authors to visit fifteen District 65 schools. This ‘author invasion’ is part of a visiting author series called Perspectives: A Shared Author Experience. The program was created by the District 65 library department and is funded through a grant from Foundation 65.
The authors represent diverse cultural backgrounds, writing styles and topics. Authors include, Matt de la Peña, Janice Harrington, Grace Lin, Duncan Tonatiuh, and Steve Sheinkin. Each visiting author will work with a specific grade level(s) and visit schools across Evanston (see which grade levels will work with each author below).
The Perspectives program helps highlight the importance of diversity in children’s literature and the intent is to give District 65 students and families the opportunity to view issues from multiple perspectives, and see themselves represented in the authors, the author’s life experiences, and the stories they tell.
“We are thrilled to bring these amazing authors to our schools,” said Tracy Hubbard, chair of the library department, “Reading is a way of exploring the world around us, and navigating difficult ideas. We believe that this program deeply supports the equity work that District 65 is so committed to.”
All authors will take part in a panel discussion that is open to the public on October 24th. This event will be co-hosted by the Evanston Public Library and will be moderated by Betsy Bird, Collection Development Manager for the Evanston Public Library. The event will be held at King Arts Magnet School, 2424 Lake Street, Evanston.
“Rarely have I seen this impressive a gathering of authors and illustrators gathered in Illinois outside of a conference setting. Each one of them is a master of their art. It’s a privilege to get a chance to talk to them together,” said Betsy Bird.
The event will begin at 5:30 with student art inspired by the authors’ work on display. Books by each author will be available for purchase from the Book Stall.Two food trucks, La Cocinita and Gotta Bee Crepes will have food for purchase on site. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 pm.
Authors will work with the following grade levels during the week of Oct 24 – 28th:
Matt de la Peña – all 7th & 8th graders
Janice Harrington – all K & 1st graders
Grace Lin – all 2nd & 4th graders
Steve Sheinkin – all 5th & 6th graders
Duncan Tonatiuh – all 3rd graders