Author Archives: shewitt

CONGRATULATIONS Kimberly Ridley and Rebekah Raye!

The John Burroughs Association is pleased to announce the results of its twenty-fourth annual Riverby Award competition for excellent natural history books for young readers. The four books on the 2013 list contain rewarding observations that come to naturalists, authors and illustrators after patient hours of personal observation. Books selected to receive the Riverby Awards include: […]

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Vernal is Latin for spring!

Thursday’s snowstorm didn’t deter children at the Jonesport Elementary School from thinking about spring on Friday, March 7! Jan Coates tells us about a school visit that blossomed with every passing moment. Author Kimberly Ridley had students using their five senses to imagine the sights and sounds of a vernal pool waking up after a […]

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Touch Blue for luck

Cynthia Lord brought a Hot Rod Hamster and Touch Blue, a book about luck and island life to students on Beals Island. There were whoopie pies, too. IRW’s Jan Coates gives us a taste of the visit. Touch blue for luck. That’s what Cynthia Lord told us in her story, Touch Blue − and lucky […]

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Learning about the four seasons through music, pictures and words

Vivaldi and the Four Seasons struck the right chord with Kids in Milbridge and Machiasport, while Vinalhaven students learned some seasonal secrets. IRW brought authors to schools last week − Jan Coates gives us the lowdown. …………………………………… Milbridge Elementary School A copy of Stephen Costanza’s book ‘Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra’ stands proudly placed in […]

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Telling Stories with Music

Island Readers & Writers’ Jan Coates gives us the beat on how elementary school students in Milbridge and Machiasport will learn to tell stories with music. Stephen Costanza, author of Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra will visit them with his keyboard on March 6 and 7.  Stephen Costanza, is one of those magical people who […]

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Breaking News!

“BAR HARBOR — A Maine author has won an award, but it’s a Mount Desert Island based organization that’s getting the prize.” Congratulations Chris Van Dusen! You are a cherished friend and advisor to IRW. Read more…

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ARROW Retreat

Wow, the first ever ARROW Retreat for writers and artists in 6th, 7th & 8th grades wrapped up at Camp Beech Cliff!!! So many images and information on our Facebook page. Scoot on over and follow IRW on Facebook.

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Chris Van Dusen visits North Haven!

White caps and crashing waves made Wednesday’s boat ride to North Haven an adventure!  This was the second stop for Chris Van Dusen as he makes his way to several island schools this month and next. The day was memorable from beginning to end! Kate Quinn, school and public librarian – boy does she know […]

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BDN highlights IRW!

AWARD-WINNING WRITER TO WORK WITH JONESPORT STUDENTS Bangor Daily News, November 1, 2012, By Mel Rice Students in Jonesport are about to get “A Kick In The Head” — and that’s a good thing! “We’re very very excited,” says Jonesport Elementary School principal Danielle Fagonde.   Award-winning Maine writer Paul Janeczko will visit the school […]

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