Cynthia Lord

It isn't every day that a Newbery Honor author visits your school!Cynthia Lord

Cynthia is a long-time friend to Island Readers & Writers, having visited numerous schools with the organization for over five years, including schools at Mount Desert Island, Deer Isle-Stonington, Vinalhaven, North Haven, Frenchboro (including an internet link to Cliff Island, Matinicus, Monhegan and Isle au Haut), Islesboro, Machias, Milbridge, Beals, Sipayik, Edmunds, and more!

In 2015, Cynthia dedicated her novel A Handful of Stars to "Island Readers & Writers and all the children they serve."

Cynthia Lord is the author of a host of award-winning books. These include A Handful of Stars (2015); Half a Chance (2014), Junior Library Guild Selection and Book Page Top Pick in Children’s Books; Hotrod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania! (2014); Touch Blue (2012), winner of the 2011 Lupine Award, Maine Library Association; Happy Birthday Hamster (2011), Bank St College Best Book of the Year List, 2012 and IRA-CBC Children’s Choices List 2012; Hotrod Hamster (2010), a Finalist for the 2011 Children’s Choice Book Award and Rules (2006), a Newbery Honor Winner.


IRW creates worksheets to supplement the books we bring to life in the classroom, and provide these worksheets to teachers and students to use in preparation for their school visit. Here are some worksheet links for Cynthia's books:

Half A Chance worksheets
A Handful of Stars worksheets
Rules worksheet
Touch Blue Worksheet
Touch Blue question sheet

Past Visits:

May 9, 2017:  Islesboro Central School, Grades K - 5

October 25-26, 2016:  Cynthia visited Lubec Consolidated School and Pembroke Elementary School in Washington County, a special place in Cynthia's heart, and the setting for one her latest books, A Handful of Stars. Students at both schools worked very hard at creating projects to share with Cynthia during her visit: read more about it here!

May 9-11, 2016: Princeton Elementary School, Charlotte Elementary School, Trenton Consolidated School: Cynthia was the kick-off author for our first visit to Princeton Elementary School, and also visited students in Charlotte and Trenton. Read what students had to say about her books here.

November 2-4, 2015: Cynthia visited three schools in one of her all-time favorite places - Washington County! During the first week of November, IRW brought Cynthia to Beatrice Rafferty School, Edmunds Consolidated School, and Beals Elementary School and were loaded with books to distribute to every student that participated in one of Cynthia's workshops. Read more about those incredible three days here.

June 4, 2015: IRW and Milbridge Elementary School launched Cynthia's new novel, A Handful of Stars, with hundreds of attendees from the community! We started the day with a school visit, and hosted a community event in the evening - full of fun and celebration, with blueberries, bee houses, music, student exhibits, and Wyman's, Cherryfield Foods, and Maine Ark Animal Shelter booths. The book is set in Washington County, a place dear to Cynthia's and our hearts, and the community's response to the launch was heartfelt and humbling. We have a great album on Facebook - view it here.

2014: Beals Elementary School, Whiting Village School

2012: Pemetic Elementary School (MDI), Milbridge

2011: Deer Isle - Stonington, Vinalhaven, North Haven, Frenchboro, Islesboro, Machias

2010: Rules at MDI