Author Archives: Taylor Mace

Diversity in stories with Anne Sibley O’Brien

Anne Sibley O’Brien visited three schools in early December to wrap up our fall school programs: Ella Lewis Elementary School, Tremont Consolidated School, and Beatrice Rafferty School. She greeted each school with a Korean “hello” – “Anneyeonghaseyo” (안녕하세요) – and had the kids repeat it back before delving into the idea of culture. “What is […]

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“The Island of Beyond” with Elizabeth Atkinson

Fifth-eighth graders at Beals Elementary School, Jonesport Elementary School and Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School were ready to dive into “The Island of Beyond” with author Elizabeth Atkinson, and were prepared with art and research projects to share. Each visit began with a large group presentation during which Elizabeth shared how books empowered her as a […]

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Outer islands with Ben Bishop

Comic artist Ben Bishop and IRW Director of School Programs, Alison Johnson, recently went on a three-island tour to Islesboro, Vinalhaven, and North Haven schools where kids and teachers had read, “Lost Trail,” the graphic novel version of Donn Fendler’s story of survival on Mount Katahdin. Alison and Ben joined the 30 or so students […]

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MDI 7th Grade Read

More than 100 seventh graders from each school in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) spent an activity-filled day together at Camp Beech Cliff during the 7th Grade Read in October, with a highlight being the group discussions and presentation with award-winning author Gary Schmidt. Since the start of the school year, seventh […]

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Cynthia Lord visits Washington County

Woodland Elementary School You know you’re in for a fun day when greeted at the school entrance by a large poster with drawings of characters from Cynthia Lord’s books and the words, “Cynthia Lord, You are a Hot Rod!” This was our welcome to Woodland Elementary School in Baileyville. Cindy read her books, “Hot Rod […]

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Anica Mrose Rissi in Washington County

Anica Mrose Rissi lit up the imaginations of kids in Washington County when she returned with IRW to visit Edmunds Consolidated School and Princeton Elementary School in October. Edmunds Consolidated School To kick things off at Edmunds, the whole school gathered in the library for a reading of Anica’s picture book “The Teacher’s Pet.” Mrs. […]

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Gary Schmidt visits MDI

Over sixty kids and parents living on Mount Desert Island, Trenton and Islesford participated in the Island Readers & Writers (IRW) Community Book Club last month. Children living on MDI or attending Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) schools along with a parent or other adult were invited to participate in this free, month-long […]

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Looking up with Annette Cate

Whiting Village School IRW brought Annette LeBlanc Cate back to Maine this fall to work with two Washington County schools using her award-winning book “Look Up: Bird-watching in Your Own Back-yard.” Scott Johnson, principal of Whiting Village School, asked if we could arrange for his kids to go to the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National […]

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Russ Cox and “Faraway Friends”

Author/ illustrator Russ Cox kicked off our fall 2019 programs with visits to Charlotte Elementary School, Pembroke Elementary School and Trenton Elementary School in mid-October. Charlotte Elementary School While discussing ideas for Charlotte’s fall visit Principal Peggy White said, “Let’s do something different.” This is just the challenge we love here at Island Readers & […]

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