The Island Readers & Writers’ ‘Island Book and Author’ program brings authors, illustrators, scientists, reading enthusiasts and historians together with children in Maine.

These programs are designed to stretch imaginations, explore the why of things, and open minds to the many possibilities in life. Children get to try their hand at writing, drawing, exploring, discussing and discovering. Each child receives a free book personally inscribed by the author or illustrator, a treasured component of each visit. For some children, this is the first book they have ever owned.

IRW supports area teachers and school administrators by developing materials, aligned with Maine Curriculum Standards, that prepare kids for our visits and also extends learning beyond the visit.

Staffing is very thin in most of the schools and libraries that we serve, making the expertise of our professional staff and resources both appreciated and a valued service to partnering schools and communities.

Island Book and Author programs reach large numbers of kids and families and are diverse in content.

Please see our “Who We Bring” page for a full list of participating authors and illustrators.