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Past Authors

2012: Lynne Cherry


Appearance at Lenoir-Rhyne:
Saturday, March 31, 2012
P. E. Monroe Auditorium, Noon

Author Lynne Cherry’s career is as colorful as her many publications. As well as being the author and illustrator of over thirty award-winning books for children, she is a filmmaker, teacher, and environmental activist. Her best-selling books, The Great Kapok Tree and A River Ran are inspired by the natural world and encourage the same inspiration in children to make a difference. Cherry was selected for Publishers Weekly Green Books for Kids Award, as well as the National Best Books Award for Young Adult Education by USA Booknews, the School Library Journal‘s Best Books distinction in 2008, the National Parenting Publications Association Gold Award, and the honor of the Green Earth Book Award. Three of Cherry’s books were chosen for the list of 40 Best Classic Nature Books of the Century by the American Horticulture Society. In 1993, Cherry was named the Environmental Educator of the Year by the North American Association of Environmental Educators.

The Little Read book  is The Great Kapok Tree.

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2011: Deborah Wiles

Appearance at Lenoir-Rhyne:
Saturday, April 9, 2011
P. E. Monroe Auditorium, Noon

While reading to her children, Wiles fell in love with children’s books. She sold her first picture book, Freedom Summer (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum 2001), in 1998, followed that same year by her first novel, Love, Ruby Lavender (Harcourt 2001). Wiles’ work has received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, the PEN/Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, and a Golden Kite Honor from SCBWI. Her novel Each Little Bird That Sings was awarded the E.B. White Read Aloud Award and was a 2005 National Book Award finalist. Wiles lives in Atlanta, GA. In 2010, she will publish the first novel in a young-readers trilogy about the 1960s.

The Little Read book  is Love, Ruby Lavender.

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2010: Julia Alvarez


Appearance at Lenoir-Rhyne:
P.E. Monroe Auditorium
April 17, 2010

Julia Alvarez was born in the United States but spent the first 10 years of her life in the Dominican Republic. She had to adjust to a new language and culture after her family moved back to the United States.

She is an author whose work bridges cultures and generations. She writes novels, essays, books for young readers and poetry.

The Little Read book, being studied by fourth-graders in Catawba County, is “How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay.”

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2009: Bruce Lansky

Bruce Lanksy

Appearance at Lenoir-Rhyne:
P.E. Monroe Auditorium
April 14, 2009

For the 2009 school year, all second-graders in Catawba County’s three school systems studied If Pigs Could Fly and Other Deep Thoughts By Bruce Lansky, the “King of Giggle Poetry.”

On April 4, the author visited Hickory to talk about his work and to hold a book signing event. Immediately after the event, 180 students from the three school districts were recognized for the poetry and artwork that they created after studying Lansky’s books.

More than 2 million copies of Lansky’s books have been sold, including “Mary Had a Little Jam” and “If Kids Ruled the School.” He is the creator of the Web site www.gigglepoetry.com, which encourages children to read and write poetry.

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2008: Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka

Appearance at Lenoir-Rhyne:
P.E. Monroe Auditorium
April 12, 2008

Children’s writer of “fractured fairy tales,” Jon Scieszka grew up in Flint, Michigan and attended Culver Military Academy. After graduating, Scieszka studied medicine at Albion College; however, he abruptly changed career paths when he left Albion and enrolled in classes at Columbia University where he pursued his M.F.A. Scieszka, following in the footsteps of his father, began teaching and has worked with children between first and eighth grades. He began writing children’s books, telling off-the-wall tales and adding twists to traditional stories, in 1994. His first book, The Stinky Cheese Man won the 1994 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award and Georgia’s Children’s Choice Award in 1997. The work of Scieszka and his illustrator Lane Smith is notable because it appeals to a broad audience of both adults and children. Scieszka currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two children.

Publications:
Science Verse (2004)
It’s All Greek to Me (2001)
Summer Reading is Killing Me (2000)
The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs (1996)
Math Curse (1995)

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2007: Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis

Appearances:

* Little Read Family Fun Festival March 24, 2007
* P.E. Monroe Auditorium, March 24, 2007

Publications:

* The Watsons Go to Birmingham (Published 1995)
* Bud, Not Buddy (Published 2004)
* Bucking the Sarge (Published 2004)
* Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money

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