Author Archives: Taylor Mace

Look Up with Annette LeBlanc Cate on Islesboro

After a week-long “Hello Lighthouse” tour with Sophie Blackall, it was off to the islands for birdwatching with author/illustrator, Annette LeBlanc Cate. IRW Director of School Programs Alison Johnson met up with Annette in Lincolnville to catch the ferry out to Islesboro for day one of a three-day island tour. “Look Up! Birdwatching in Your […]

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“Hello Lighthouse” with Sophie Blackall at Swan’s Island and Tremont

Author/illustrator Sophie Blackall ended her “Hello Lighthouse” tour with visits at Swan’s Island Elementary School and Tremont Consolidated School. (Read about her school visits to Beals, Lubec and Whiting!) Swan’s Island Elementary School After a week of blustery and cool days, the sun finally made an appearance as we boarded the ferry in Bass Harbor […]

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“Hello Lighthouse” at Lubec and Whiting

Days 2-3 of author/illustrator Sophie Blackall’s five-day “Hello Lighthouse” tour took place at Lubec Consolidated School and Whiting Village School in Washington County. Lubec Consolidated School The gloomy day outside could do nothing to dampen the spirits inside Lubec Consolidated School where lighthouse poetry, paintings and clay models lit Sophie’s way to the room where […]

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“Hello Lighthouse” tour kicks off at Beals Elementary School

Caldecott-winning author/illustrator Sophie Blackall arrived in Maine from New York City on Easter Sunday ahead of her five-day “Hello Lighthouse” tour of Washington County, Mount Desert Island and Swan’s Island. Sophie arrived to a chilly fog, but enjoyed Easter lunch in Bar Harbor with IRW Executive Director Jan Coates and Program Assistant Lisa Herrington. Sophie […]

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Dave Anderson visits Princeton and Woodland

Following the Middle-Grade Read at Edmunds Consolidated School, author John David “Dave” Anderson visited both Princeton Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School in Baileyville on April 2 and April 3, respectively. The entrances to both schools were decorated with large posters welcoming him. His middle-grade novel, “Posted,” was the focus for these visits and he was […]

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Middle-Grade Read with John David Anderson

Author John David Anderson, or Dave as he prefers to be called, delighted nearly 60 middle schoolers from Edmunds Consolidated School, Charlotte Elementary School and Pembroke Elementary School during our Washington County Middle-Grade Read around his novel, “Posted.” It was a great way to kick of IRW’s spring school visits! Kids from all three schools […]

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Beals students show off artwork, lighthouse projects

In preparation of two-time Caldecott winner Sophie Blackall’s visit to Beals Elementary School on April 22, the school hosted the Beals Historical Society in their gym for a presentation of lighthouse projects from fifth-eighth grade students. These students researched lighthouses from Boston Harbor Lighthouse to West Quoddy head, wrote papers and created posters with findings […]

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Mock Newbery Book Club

IRW’s 2018-2019 Mock Newbery Book Club at Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor was a fun success! For the second year in a row, all Pemetic fifth and sixth graders were invited to participate in this extra-curricular program in which they read titles from a list of 15 Newbery Medal eligible books, reviewed and culled […]

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Rebekah Raye at the Eastport Arts Center with Beatrice Rafferty

After rescheduling due to a snow day in mid-November (that we hope does not portend what winter has in store for us), we finally met with the grades 1-4 from Beatrice Rafferty School and author/illustrator Rebekah Raye at the lovely Eastport Arts Center in early December. Upon entering the arts center, we found the hall decorated […]

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