The Island Book & Author program is IRW's core program, which brings authors, illustrators, scientists, naturalists and historians together with children in schools on Maine’s outer islands and in Washington County.
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.
Between 2007-2019, IRW has given 22,186 books to students in 26 schools.
IRW supports area teachers and school administrators by developing materials aligned with Maine Curriculum Standards that prepare kids for our visits. The Island Book & Author program complements schools’ curricula by weaving in new learning opportunities with what students are already learning.
Our visiting authors, illustrators, scientists, naturalists and historians offer new perspectives and hands-on activities to young readers and writers in our partner schools.
The Island Book & Author programs reach large numbers of kids and families and are diverse in their content.
In addition to the Island Book & Author program, IRW holds various other large events that bring together people of all ages to celebrate reading in various communities.
We seek to build supportive and healthy reading communities that encourage kids to love reading by sharing with families and community members book-related activities that bring a story to life.
These community outreach events have included several community-wide reads, which bring hundreds of readers across different ages and communities together; book clubs; writing and science workshops as well as many other author and illustrator community-wide visits.
Hover over the Programs tab for examples of our community outreach opportunities.