Artist, Educator, Author
Illustrator Rebekah Raye and IRW have been friends and partners for many years. Not only has Rebekah visited numerous schools on islands and in Washington County, she also provided artwork for the 2010 NEA Big Read of Call of the Wild and the 2016 Alewives: Small Fish, Big Impact program.
Rebekah is a well-known painter and sculptor of animal art. She is the author and illustrator of The Very Best Bed, which won a Maine Literary Award from the Maine Publishers Alliance and Bear-ly There, winner of the 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Most recently, Rebekah has illustrated Swimming Home (written by Susan Hand Shetterly) and The Secret Bay (written by Kimberly Ridley), both featured books in IRW’s community-wide program, Alewives: Small Fish, Big Impact.
A native of Tennessee, Rebekah lives in East Blue Hill, Maine, and interacts daily with animals domestic and wild, which provide inspiration for her art. She also teaches workshops for adults and children.
Rebekah believes that ideas can become a reality, and students of every ability can express themselves through art. Everyone has their own special way of drawing, painting, and writing. With gentle and encouraging guidance, she draws out each student’s special talent.
“She drew the creativity right out of me!” – Atty, ARROW participant, 2015
“Rebekah modeled, displayed and discussed how she illustrates and ‘discovers’ stories. She was so passionate and engaging. My kindergartners were spell-bound for 45 minutes!” – Teacher Paula Richardson-Gannon
“Rebekah encouraged students to embrace their own individual style, to observe the world around them, and to write and illustrate things that are meaningful to them. Students learned about the book making process from the viewpoint of a writer and illustrator. Her illustrator’s workshop allowed students the opportunity to experience a part of the process Rebekah goes through while making her books. Her warm and happy presence is matched by her ability to bring out students unique voices, through both text and art, honoring their very own style.” – Carol Null, then librarian at Pemetic Elementary School (2011)
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 Rebekah’s books: