Coming to Aquidneck Island Schools March 3 & 4, 2017
This year, schools have already been purchasing books by the authors who will be participating. Teachers and librarians at the schools are teaching about these authors through author studies, activities, creative writing, and expository writing so that students will be familiar with the authors when they visit their school on March 3, 2017. Six authors will visit 14 schools that day and present to approximately 5,000 students.
2017 Featured authors and illustrators:
Jeff Mack returns this year. He has written and illustrated several books including picture books, chapter books, and early readers. One book he illustrated, Rub-a-Dub-Sub, was nominates for the Bill Martin Jr. Award. His book, Good News, Bad News, which has only 4 words in it, had been published in twelve different languages and his paintings and drawings have been shown around New York and Western Massachusetts. He currently lives in Western Mass where he continues to write and illustrate.
Seam Faye Wolfe, who attends The University of Rhode Island, has written a three book series entitled The Elementia Chronicals. His work was inspired by computer games, his favorite cartoon series, and his favorite young-adult literature. He is also a self-taught web game designer and his games are available on his company’s website.
Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children’s books and the author-illustrator of other bestselling books about Gilbert, including Mother, You’re the Best! (But Sister, You’re a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet; Jingle Bells, Homework Smells; Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo; No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher’s Dirty Looks!; Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books; and the New York Times bestseller roses are pink, your feet really stink. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Jef Czekaj is a cartoonist, children’s book author and illustrator, and musician. He has illustrated 4 books, and written and illustrated 5 picture books and one graphic novel. His books, Hip and Hop, Don’t Stop!, Cat Secrets, The Circulatory Story, and Yes, Yes, Yaul!, were all chosen as Junior Library Guild selections. Cat Secrets was a finalist in GoodReads Best Books of 2011 and A Call for a New Alphabet was named a “Must-Read” book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. His comic, Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters, ran in Nickelodeon Magazine for more than 10 years. A collection of the first three years of the comic was published with the help of a Xeric Foundation Grant and distributed by Top Shelf. He DJs for an award-winning hip-hop group under an assumed name. Jef lives and works in Somerville, MA.
Josh Funk writes silly stories and picture books – such as Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast and its upcoming sequel The Case of the Stinky Stench along with Pirasaurs!, Dear Dragon, It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk and more! Josh is a board member of The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA and the co-coordinator of the 2017 New England Regional SCBWI Conference. Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England.
Erica S. Perl is the author of the O.J. books: When Life Gives You OJ. (Sydney Taylor Award Notable Book, Amazon Best Book, multiple state book lists including MN, FL, VA, VT and RI) and Aces Wild. She is also the author of many popular picture books, including Dotty, Chicken Butt, and Goatlocks and the Three Bears. Capybara Conspiracy: A Novel in Three Acts, will be presented on Saturday by Newport’s Children’s Theatre.
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, O’Hare Academic Center on the Salve Regina University campus is transformed into the March into Reading Festival. There, the authors the students have learned about will be there to greet and sign books. The education students from Salve Regina have created The Discovery Zone and this year’s theme is “Adventure is Just a Page Away.” From fantasy to survival, student will participate in activities and crafts based on the books they have read.
There are also two performance by community partners.
Island Moving co. Junior Co. will perform a ballet that combines poetry reading with dance based on the Carnival of Animals, a musical piece by Camille Saints-Saens.
Newport Children’s Theatre will be preforming Capybara Conspiracy: A Novel in Three Acts, based on the book by that name by Erica Perl, one of the featured authors at this year’s March into Reading Program.
This program is free and open to the public and free transportation is provided to and from by a trolley that continuously travels and stops to pick up students and families so that no student has to miss this great event because they didn’t have a way to get to Salve.