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 four books: Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White, 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 including How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander and Alphamaniacs by Paul Fleischman. Her artwork has appeared in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Madison Park Greetings, and others.
About herself, Melissa says:
As a kid, I was always busy making paper dolls, playing with Paint by Number kits, Colorforms, a Spirograph. My first art lesson was watching Jon Gnagy on television in the 1960’s and I’ve been drawing ever since. Now I write and illustrate picture books in Rockport, Maine, a picturesque harbor town. My ideas come from everywhere—the landscape, something I hear on the radio or from a book I’m reading. When I’m not in the studio I love to ride my bicycle and hike with my two dogs, Rufus (who has a starring role in my book, CARMINE) and Nellie, a sheltie, who acts like a ninja in a ballerina costume.
Melissa's latest literary and artistic feat is her book Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White, a biography for children of beloved Maine writer E.B. White, a 176-page feast for the eyes that gets to the heart of E.B. White's life, wisdom, creative slant on philosophy, the simple life, and writing. IRW launched the book in October 2016 at North Haven, and brought Melissa on a Some Writer! tour to six island communities.
For more information on Melissa, visit her website at www.melissasweet.net. Find coloring sheets on her "Make Stuff" page!
The Some Writer! Tour:
IRW teamed up with Melissa to bring her new book, Some Writer! to six island schools and their communities in Fall 2016. School visits and community programs kicked 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 included intergenerational events in each community, including theatrical presentations, book groups, etc.
October 7, 2016: North Haven
October 21, 2016: Vinalhaven
November 3, 2016: Swan's Island
November 4, 2016: Great Cranberry Island
November 16, 2016: Deer Isle - Stonington
November 23, 2016: Tremont
Immerse Yourself in Some Writer!
IRW created activity sheets to supplement Melissa's wonderful biography on E.B. White, and provided these worksheets to teachers and students to use in preparation for their school visits. Here is a link to access them yourself - Some Writer! activity sheets.