Monday April 1, 2019 – Wednesday April 3, 2019 – John David Anderson

Author John David Anderson will delight Washington County middle schoolers with workshops related to his popular and critically admired novel, “Posted,” which explores the themes of friendship, bullying and the power of words. IRW is excited to bring Dave from Indianapolis to work with Maine kids!

April 1: 5th & 6th Grade Read at Edmunds Consolidated School with Charlotte Elementary School and Pembroke Elementary School

April 2: Princeton Elementary School

April 3: Woodland Elementary School, Baileyville




Monday April 22, 2019 – Friday April 26, 2019 – Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall will embark with IRW on a whirlwind tour with her stunning, Caldecott-winning picture book, “Hello Lighthouse.” In preparation for her visit, children will explore maritime history, their local lighthouses and more! IRW is thrilled to bring this wonderful artist and author to children in Downeast Maine.

April 22: Beals Elementary School

April 23: Lubec Consolidated School

April 24: Whiting Village School

April 25: Swan’s Island Elementary School

April 26: Tremont Consolidated School

Tuesday April 23, 2019, 4 pm – Lubec Memorial Library

Thursday April 25, 2019, 3 pm – Swan’s Island Library


Monday April 29, 2019 – Tuesday April 30, 2019 – Annette LeBlanc Cate

After the success of our collaborative fall 2018 program with author, illustrator and birder Annette LeBlanc Cate, which brought three Washington County schools to the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, IRW is excited to bring this program to three outer island schools in late April!

Kids from Islesboro, Vinalhaven and North Haven will read Annette’s picture book and participate in a field experience where they will birdwatch themselves and draw what they observe. This immersive, interdisciplinary program connects kids to science, art and writing. Students from Vinalhaven and North Haven will work with their peers from the neighboring island in this fun program!

April 29: Islesboro Central School

April 30: at Vinalhaven School with North Haven Community School, grades 2-4

May 1: at North Haven Community School with Vinalhaven School, grades 5-7

Thursday May 9, 2019 – Rebekah Raye

Artist and illustrator Rebekah Raye will delight kids in grades pre-k to 4 at Trenton Elementary School with her beloved papiermâché goose, Goosey Goose, as well as an art activity and interactive read aloud from her picture book “Thanks to the Animals.”

May 9: Trenton Elementary School

Monday May 13, 2019 – Thursday May 16, 2019 – Anica Mrose Rissi

First-time IRW author partner Anica Mrose Rissi will return to Maine with her lively picture book “The Teacher’s Pet” and charming chapter book “Anna, Banana and the Friendship Split,” and bring her warm and fun personality to schools in Washington County and her native Deer Isle.

May 13: Jonesport Elementary School

May 14: Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School

May 15: Ella Lewis Elementary School, Steuben

May 16: Milbridge Elementary School

Tuesday May 21, 2019 – Wednesday May 22, 2019 – Ben Bishop

Graphic novelist Ben Bishop, illustrator of Lynn Plourde’s “Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness,” will explore how to create an exciting adventure tale through illustrations.

May 21: Beatrice Rafferty Elementary School

May 22: Indian Township Elementary School