STEUBEN — Island Readers & Writers recently was recently awarded a $6,650 grant from of Maine Community Foundation to bring an engaging child and family-centered program, “The Art of the Picture Book,” to the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben this summer.
“The Art of the Picture Book” will feature award-winning Camden author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s education director.
“The Art of the Picture Book” is a two-day program for children, families, caregivers and educators in Steuben and its surrounding communities running Friday-Saturday, Aug. 24-25, at the Moore Library. The program was funded by Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere General Charitable Grantmaking Fund.
During the program, children and adults will learn and experience how words and pictures come together to tell a story and spark a sense of curiosity and wonder. Additionally, parents and those who read to and with children will learn strategies for deepening the reading experience by viewing the picture book as an art form.
“IRW [Island Readers & Writers] is pleased to have the support of the Maine Community Foundation, the Ella Lewis School and the Moore Library to bring children and families together in celebration of books and the various ways they tickle our imaginations and inspire learning,” said Executive Director Jan Coates.
Families are invited to a potluck supper at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, followed by a presentation by Courtney Waring, director of education at The Carle in Amherst, Mass., on “The Whole Book Approach” to exploring all elements of picture books, from hidden treasures beneath a book jacket and more.
On Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m., Van Dusen will read aloud from his book, “The Circus Ship.”
“The Art of the Picture Book” promises to be an exciting way to kick off the 2018-2019 school year.
Island Readers & Writers is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Southwest Harbor whose mission is to inspire a passion for reading and learning in Maine children living in Washington County and the outer islands through book-centered programs. For info, visit www.islandreadersandwriters.org.