Category Archives: School Visits

Mary Cerullo at Islesboro

Islesboro Central School students welcomed IRW and nonfiction author and “curiosity facilitator” Mary Cerullo along with her book, “City Fish, Country Fish,” on April 10. Mary met with the students in small groups to discuss the book and its focus on habitats and characteristics of tropical and cold water fish. Kindergarteners and first graders showed […]

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Edmunds welcomes Russ Cox

Author/ illustrator Russ Cox continued his Washington County tour at Edmunds Consolidated School on April 11. Prior to Russ’s visit, the pre-K and kindergarten students created space helmets and rocket ships out of junk materials inspired by the outer space theme in “Faraway Friends.” First and second graders also came ready for the “Faraway Friends” […]

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Russ Cox and “Friends” visit Ella Lewis

Author/ illustrator Russ Cox visited Ella Lewis School in Steuben on April 10 with his book, “Faraway Friends.” At Ella Lewis, students of all grade levels flooded the hallways and their classrooms with art projects inspired by the book’s outer space theme. Many students, teachers and even Principal Joanne Harriman, were dressed up in wonderful […]

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Calef Brown at Lubec, Beatrice Rafferty and Whiting

Author and illustrator Calef Brown kicked off IRW’s spring 2018 author visits with three stops at Lubec Consolidated School, Beatrice Rafferty School and Whiting Village School at the end of March. He brought along three of his titles including “How to Hypnotize a Tiger,” “Boy Wonders” and “Flamingoes on the Roof.” “Calef Brown is so much […]

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Global Read with Maria Padian on MDI

Forty-five seventh and eighth graders from various Mount Desert Island schools gathered at the High School on Feb. 8 for an after-school program with Lupine Award-winning author Maria Padian. The Global Read program, a collaboration between IRW and the MDI Regional School System, culminated weeks of preparation by area students, who all read Padian’s novel […]

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Inter-Island event with Steve Costanza on Isle Au Haut

Students, teachers and parents from Isle Au Haut, Frenchboro, Monhegan Island, Cliff Island and Cranberry Isles converged on Isle Au Haut September 20-22 for their annual Inter-Island event. IRW participated with guest author, illustrator and musician Steve Costanza who hosted three workshops based on his picture book, “Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra,” about a young […]

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Pizza lunch at Milbridge Elementary

Back in May, author Jacqueline Briggs Martin introduced IRW’s Food for Thought program at Milbridge Elementary School (MES) with her books “Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious” and “Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table.” To kick off the program, which is focused on learning about growing food and creating healthy habits, students participated in […]

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Music man Stephen Costanza Downeast at Beals and Jonesport

IRW was thrilled to team up again with author/illustrator/musician Stephen Costanza! In November, we brought him to Beals and Jonesport Elementary Schools, where he offered a full-school presentation and workshops with students in Grades PreK – 2. Students in all grades at both schools fully immersed themselves in Stephen’s book, Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra, […]

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Kimberly Ridley teaches nature journaling to students from the outer islands

“As you hold the Talking Shell, share what your favorite wild animal in Maine is with the rest of the group.” That’s how Kimberly Ridley opened up her sessions with the students from the outer islands when they all met for their TLC gathering in late October (Teaching and Learning Conference). Kids, teachers, and parent chaperones […]

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