Coming out of the Thanksgiving season, we at the FCB are grateful for the wonderful authors, teachers and students who we’ve worked with this year.
We’ve included three beautiful photos below but there are so many more! Check them out on our Flickr.
At the beginning of November we had author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka visiting the JFK school in Jamaica Plain.
This visit was particularly special because it was in collaboration with 826 Boston and Jarrett was also kind enough to make a video greeting to his after-school fans at 826. He also visited Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley, a recent addition to our private-public partnership program that helps to fund our work.
If you can believe it, in the same jam-packed day, we had arranged for author Ifeoma Onyefulu to visit the Mather School in Dorchester, as well as to The Park School in Brookline, as part of the public-private partnership program. Ifeoma is a Nigerian author who now lives in the United Kingdom, and her picture books are filled with her own beautiful photography depicting everyday life in Africa.
Ordinarily, the FCB purchases copies of the author’s books for the classroom so that by the time the author visits, the children are able to make a connection between what they have been reading and the person standing in front of them. What was particularly special about this visit is that Ifeoma’s U.S. distributer, Publisher’s Group West, donated over a hundred copies of her books to the Mather! Allowing kids to have the books in their hand and to be able to incorporate them into their classroom learning before they meet the author in person is so very valuable.
After a bit of a rest (4 schools, 2 authors, 1 day!), we were excited have arranged a visit to the Hernandez School with author Pat Mora.
This visit was the result of another successful collaboration with 826 Boston, and the visit was the perfect followup to a project they had been working on with the Hernandez, in which the students were writing their own poems inspired by Pat’s own work. Pat got to talk to the group about things like revision, writers as readers, and not being too critical of their ideas. It was a fantastic morning!