Author Archives: Ruth Feldman

Wish you were there!

Dear IRW Friends, I wish all of you could have joined us on Thursday June 4 at the launch of Cynthia Lord’s new book, A Handful of Stars, at the Milbridge Elementary School.  There are not enough superlatives to adequately express how truly amazing this event was. To put the event in context, several months ago […]

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Kelly Cunnane visits Swan’s Island Elementary and Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary Schools in May

Kelly Cunnane’s energy was impossible to ignore as she bounded from student to student and exuded the excitement of Kenya. Through sounds and words and artifacts, she effortlessly and enthusiastically shared another beloved culture with enraptured students and teachers. Kelly brought bags full of Kenyan clothing and implements for kids to use so that they […]

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“I’m Dr. Karen James, but you can call me Karen”

That’s how Karen James of the MDI Bio Lab introduced herself to the students of the Whiting Village School on May 26th. Principal Scott Johnson had requested a visit so students could hear about Charles Darwin and understand more about natural selection. Karen’s objective for the day was to share information about the adventure of the […]

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Sharon Creech a big hit at Jonesport and Beals Elementary School!

“I was reminded of how big the world is and how you can do anything if you put your mind to it,” wrote a seventh grader from Jonesport Elementary School after a visit from author Sharon Creech. What a way to express what IRW hopes to inspire in all children through literature and what fun Sharon […]

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Another great ARROW Retreat!

ARROW Retreat 2015 was a blast! Twelve participants from MDI, its outer islands, and Trenton gathered at Camp Beech Cliff during their April vacation for four half-days of writing and art workshops under the stellar guidance of Newbery Medal author Clare Vanderpool and Maine artist Rebekah Raye.   Each day was a mash-up of group […]

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The Secret Pool at Pembroke Elementary School

Jan and Jenna were on the road again last week – visiting Pembroke Elementary School on March 23 with Maine author Kimberly Ridley and artist Rebekah Raye, the dynamic duo that collaborated on good reads such as “The Secret Pool” and the forthcoming “The Secret Bay.” We were excited that second through sixth graders from Charlotte […]

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Lubec Consolidated School students learn about vernal pools with Kim and Rebekah

Power nouns and verbs were abundant in the stories created by the students of Lubec Consolidated School on Tuesday. Guided by writing prompts from science writer and author Kim Ridley, the children selected a vernal pool creature to write about drawing on their imaginations and research. We met a salamander named Bob, a wood frog […]

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Diving in with Mary Cerullo: Writer visits Vinalhaven and North Haven schools

“Dive In!” is what Mary Cerullo, author and Associate Director of Friends of CASCO BAY, writes when she signs her books during IRW visits to schools. Recently she braved choppy waters and winter ice to make the crossing between Vinalhaven and North Haven. She was impressed with the student knowledge about all things underwater during […]

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Ryan Higgins visits with students from three Washington County schools

Ryan Higgins with second through fourth graders at Whiting Village School IRW had a great day with Ryan Higgins! On March 11, Jan and Jenna traveled up to Whiting Village School from Mount Desert Island, third through sixth graders from Edmunds Consolidated School joined us, and author/illustrator Ryan Higgins drove north from Kittery -all for a […]

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Inside Rebekah’s Studio: A Sneak Peek of “The Secret Bay”

Executive Director Jan Coates visited artist Rebekah Raye this week, and scored a sneak peek of Rebekah’s upcoming book, “The Secret Bay,” illustrated by her, and written by Kimberly Ridley. “The Secret Bay” will be published in Fall 2015. It looks great – we can’t wait to see more! Check out the video for your […]

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