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Island Readers & Writers is teaming up with Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator Melissa Sweet to bring her new book, Some Writer! to six island schools and their communities this fall. Some Writer! is a biography of Maine writer E.B. White, who wrote for the New Yorker and is best-known for his classic children’s book Charlotte’s Web. The biography, the first of its kind for kids, masterfully blends Melissa’s collage and illustration with E.B.’s life story – it’s a feast for the eyes!

School visits and community programs kick off with a book launch on North Haven, with the island tour continuing to Vinalhaven, Deer Isle – Stonington, the Cranberry Islands, Swan’s Island, and MDI throughout October and November. Each stop on the tour includes intergenerational events in each community, including theatrical presentations, book groups, etc. It’ll be some tour alright!


Schedule of Events

A schedule and additional info for each island’s events are available below:
October 6-7: North Haven
October 20-21: Vinalhaven
November 3: Swan’s Island
November 4: Great Cranberry Island
November 15-16: Deer Isle – Stonington
November 28-29: Mount Desert Island


Schools & Communities

IRW, along with the great help of planning committees in each community, has worked throughout the year to schedule events on each island and facilitate programming to enrich children, families, and the island communities at large. Community events are unique to each island, and schoolchildren are reading Some Writer! in advance, completing discussions and activities based on the book (worksheets, including links and resources, available here), and working on creative projects in anticipation of Melissa’s visit to their classroom.


About Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet is an award-winning author and illustrator known for her incredible collage artwork, playful use of color, and imaginative combinations of materials. She has authored and illustrated three books: Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, Tupelo Rides the Rails, and Carmine: A Little More Red. She has illustrated over 100 books for children, and her artwork has appeared in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Madison Park Greetings,and others.


Reviews for Some Writer!

“It is beautiful, brilliant, and masterfully executed. Each page is a new discovery, every piece fits perfectly, and the emerging sense of this charming, self-effacing, and exquisitely thoughtful author took up residence in my mind. By the end, I felt as if I had grown up with Andy White, visited his Maine farm, and counted him as a friend.” – Lynn, The Booklist Reader

“Sweet offers an affectionate tribute to White in a sumptuous volume, focusing especially on his three children’s classics: Stuart Little (1945), Charlotte’s Web (1952), and The Trumpet of the Swan (1970). The whole volume works like a signature Sweet illustration, an inventive and quirky juxtaposition of parts, combining lucid text, gorgeous and intricate watercolor-and-collage illustrations, photographs, excerpts of White’s writings, and ephemera that evoke farm and barn life…Children reading any of White’s books would do well to read Sweet alongside. Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story. A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” – Kirkus starred review.