For the last twelve years, the West Vancouver Memorial Library has partnered with the West Vancouver School District to give up to 1500 students the chance to see an internationally celebrated author or illustrator at the Kay Meek Centre. These events are by class registration only for West Vancouver School District educators and their Grade 2, Grade 5 and secondary school classes.
Students can also order signed books by out Booktopia authors online from Kidsbooks!
To order signed books, please follow the directions outlined on the forms in your Booktopia information package. Contact Shannon Ozirny at email@example.com with questions.
Grade 2: Holman Wang
Holman's presentation will take you to a galaxy far, far away! Learn how he creates his amazing Cozy Classics children's books with his twin brother through needle-felting, scale-model set-making, and photography. Holman will also talk about his Star Wars books, and what it’s like to be a Star Wars author!
Holman and his twin brother, Jack, are the authors and illustrators of the popular board book series Cozy Classics, which abridges beloved novels like Pride and Prejudice and Moby Dick into word primers with just 12 words and 12 needle-felted illustrations. The series has been featured in the New York Times, People, The Wall Street Journal, and Parents. Their latest series is Star Wars Epic Yarns, which offers a light-speed take on original Star Wars trilogy. Holman also created a Google Doodle in honour of Laura Ingalls Wilder's 148th birthday.
Grade 5: Victoria Jamieson
Graphic novels are growing in popularity with students and adults alike! Victoria will discuss how she created her Newbery Honor-winning debut graphic novel, Roller Girl, by drawing upon experiences from her own life.
Victoria received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. She worked as a children’s book designer before moving to Portland and becoming a freelance illustrator. She maintains a not-so-secret identity as Winnie the Pow, skater with the Rose City Rollers roller derby league. Roller Girl is her first graphic novel, receiving starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and The Horn Book in addition to being named a 2015 Newbury Honor Book. She is also the author and illustrator of the picture books Olympig, Bea Rocks the Flock, and Pest in Show.
Secondary School: Ruta Sepetys
Ruta will take students through the research and writing process behind her New York Times bestselling book, Salt to the Sea.
Ruta Sepetys is the critically acclaimed author of Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy and Salt to the Sea. She is a two-time Carnegie Medal nominee and is published across forty-eight countries and thirty-five languages. Between Shades of Gray was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2011, and appeared on the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus and iTunes Best Book of the Year lists. Between Shades of Gray is now headed to the big screen in a feature film entitled Ashes in the Snow.
These author/illustrator events are only for West Vancouver School District Grade 2, 5 and secondary school classes. There are no ticket charges for classes to attend these events and bussing can be arranged through the school district.
To register your class for these events and to arrange for bussing, contact Lindsay Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please allow plenty of time for your class to arrive and get seated. Your class can arrive up to half an hour before a presentation begins.
Presentations are one hour long, including time for questions. We will begin promptly at the scheduled start time.
Shannon Ozirny, Head of Youth Services | email@example.com | 604.925.7422