Monday March 2, 2020 – Wednesday March 4, 2020 – Art workshops with Russ Cox

Russ Cox

Part one of this special two-part art program with Maine illustrators Russ Cox and Chris Van Dusen will have kids in three Washington County schools spend a day with illustrator Russ Cox, who will guide them through gouache techniques as they create their ideal schools, inspired by Chris’s newest book, If I Built a School. 

March 2: Princeton Elementary School

March 3: Woodland Elementary School, Baileyville

March 4: Whiting Village School

Tuesday March 17, 2020, 3 pm – Enthusiastic Readers Event

Young writers and book lovers in grades 7, 8 and 9 will participate in the Enthusiastic Readers Event with Maine author Maria Padian, a collaboration between the Mount Desert Regional School System and IRW. Students will read Maria’s Out of Nowhere, a young adult novel about a Somalian refugee who joins the soccer team at the fictional Enniston, Maine, high school and the events that follow. The book explores the themes of race, culture, community and identity. Students will read the book and join Maria for a presentation and workshop at MDI High School.

Tuesday March 17, 2020, 6 pm – Maria Padian at Jesup Memorial Library

Maine author Maria Padian will discuss her newest young adult novel, How to Build a Heart, which Kirkus Reviews called “an absolutely enthralling depiction of family and self-discovery.” Copies will be available for purchase courtesy of Sherman’s.

Monday March 23, 2020 – Wednesday March 25, 2020 – Calef Brown

Illustrator Calef Brown will visit three outer islands with his newest poetry and art anthology, Up Versus Down: Poems, Paintings and Serious Nonsense. 

March 23: Islesboro Central School

March 24: Vinalhaven School

March 25: North Haven Community School

Tuesday April 7, 2020 – Friday April 10, 2020 – Chris Van Dusen

Maine author/ illustrator Chris Van Dusen will share his inspiration behind If I Built a School in part two of this program. Kids will share the creations made with Russ Cox and share them with Chris and each receive a personally-inscribed copy of the book.

April 7: Princeton Elementary School

April 8: Woodland Elementary School, Baileyville

April 9: Whiting Village School

April 10: Swan’s Island Elementary School


Monday April 13, 2020 – Tuesday April 14, 2020 – Russ Cox

Author/ illustrator Russ Cox will take Washington County kids to Jupiter and beyond with his fun picture book, Faraway Friends. Kids will participate in an interactive story time and silly drawing workshops.

April 13: Beals Elementary School

April 14: Jonesport Elementary School

Monday April 27, 2020 – Ben Bishop

Graphic artist Ben Bishop will work with kids on creating a story through images, inspired by his work on Lynn Plourde’s Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness, the story of Donn Fendler’s survival on Mount Katahdin.

April 27: Trenton Elementary School

April 28: Tremont Consolidated School with Pemetic Elementary School

Tuesday May 5, 2020 – Thursday May 7, 2020 – Megan Frazer Blakemore

Author Megan Frazer Blakemore will share her chapter book Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet and middle-grade novel The Water Castle, and lead writing workshops.

May 4: Pembroke Elementary School

May 5: Charlotte Elementary School

May 6: Edmunds Consolidated School

May 7: Indian Township Elementary School

Tuesday May 19, 2020 – Kimberly Ridley

Kids will explore and learn about local estuaries and the natural world with science writer Kimberly Ridley through her book The Secret Bay.

May 19: Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School

Wednesday May 20, 2020 – Thursday May 21, 2020 – Anica Mrose Rissi

Author Anica Mrose Rissi will inspire kids to generate story ideas in fun and exciting ways. Younger kids will be treated to story time with her picture book The Teacher’s Pet, and older students will participate in writing workshops and discuss her chapter book, Anna, Banana and the Friendship Split.

May 20: Beatrice Rafferty School

May 21: Lubec Consolidated School