Category Archives: School Visits

Clare Vanderpool with Ella Lewis & Charlotte at the Henry D. Moore Public Library

It was like stepping back in time on October 18th when the 5th-8th graders from Ella Lewis and Charlotte came together around the book, “Navigating Early,” by Clare Vanderpool. Walking into the Henry D. Moore Library and Parrish House, our gracious host venue, and hearing Billie Holiday’s voice coming from an turntable while stepping onto […]

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Look Up! with Annette LeBlanc Cate at the Schoodic Institute

Over three days in mid-October, students and teachers from Beals, Jonesport, and Ella Lewis schools gathered at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park for a day each of bird watching and art centered around Annette LeBlanc Cate’s book, Look Up! Birdwatching in Your Own Backyard. To kick off each morning, Annette provided an introduction […]

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Lynn Plourde visits Lubec and Pembroke

Maine author Lynn Plourde brought her fun and theatrical style to Lubec Consolidated School and Pembroke Elementary with her picture book At One in a Place Called Maine, and graphic novel Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness, Donn Fendler’s story of survival after becoming lost on Mount Katahdin as a child in July 1939. To kick-off […]

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Meg Medina at Blueberry Harvest School

One muggy afternoon in mid-August, a group of little eyes peered into a big glass bowl where a three chrysalises were readying to hatch. These children of migrant blueberry harvesters, who come to Washington County in August to participate in the blueberry harvest, were in their final days as students of the Blueberry Harvest School […]

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Deer Isle-Stonington welcomes Annie

This two-day visit was IRW’s 11th time to Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School and we always love a chance to cross Eggemoggin Reach. And, in fact, most of our day one workshops were held in “The Reach,” the beautiful performing arts center, so aptly named, where Annie took them on a journey to South Korea. Seventh and […]

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Anne Sibley O’Brien on Swan’s Island and Great Cranberry Island

Swan’s Island Elementary School Anne Sibley O’Brien encouraged students at Swan’s Island Elementary School to jump into becoming writers and artists — now! In her all-school presentation, Annie discussed life in South Korea and delighted students by introducing herself in Korean. Students in grades K-2 shared in a read aloud of I’m New Here with Annie. […]

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Milbridge welcomes Anne Sibley O’Brien

Milbridge Elementary School truly embraced Annie’s books and delved deep into the content by plastering the hallway walls with fabulous Korean-inspired projects; descriptions and pictures of how it feels to be new, and comparing the Korean legend of Hong Kil-Dong to that of Robin Hood.   Grades 3-4 created Korean flags and fans and translated […]

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Anne Sibley O’Brien at Charlotte

“Are you in peace?” (in Korean) is how Anne Sibley O’Brien greeted Charlotte Elementary School students, as she explained the different ways of greeting people based on their status in society. Having grown up in Korea, Anne really grew up in two cultures and found human differences to be fascinating and beautiful. She shares her […]

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“Extreme Survivors” on MDI

Kimberly Ridley started out her spring 2018 school tour on MDI at Mount Desert Elementary (MDES), followed by a visit to Pemetic Elementary in Southwest Harbor, before a stop in Washington County. She finished up her visits at Conners Emerson Elementary School in Bar Harbor. “Have you ever seen a comb jelly in real life?” […]

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Kimberly Ridley at Princeton and Woodland

“Are you ready for some time travel?” That’s how science writer Kimberly Ridley hooked her readers as they delved into her latest book Extreme Survivors: Animals that Time Forgot. IRW journeyed with Kim deep into Washington County to visit both Princeton and Woodland elementary schools. Kids in grades Pre-K to 2 at Princeton worked with […]

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