Author/Illustrator School VisitsFCB Author visits extend and enhance the literacy curriculum in underserved schools, inspire and support teachers and librarians, and provide new ways to engage students in reading and writing.
We donate books by the visiting author to every classroom and school library that we visit;
Students and teachers read the author’s books before the visits, inspired by a volunteer librarian’s book talk one month ahead of the visit;
Each visit or residency is carefully designed to connect to and enhance the curricular unit that each grade is working on at the time;
Students read a book, meet the author, and then work with that author to improve their own writing–a full-circle literacy experience with a “real” writer.
Check out our school visit gallery to see our authors and illustrators in action!
Professional DevelopmentOur professional development programs include half-day conferences on Saturday mornings called “What’s New In Children’s Books” Our programs feature acclaimed authors and illustrators of everything from picture books to young adult novels, along with experts in the field of children’s books who tell us about their favorite new books of the season. Our audience is generally made up of librarians, teachers, college and graduate students, parents, and other children’s book lovers.
View past What’s New in Children’s Books speakers and booklists
These events are open to the public and take place in the Founder’s Room, Ferry Administration Building, Pine Manor College.
The college is located at 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA. Free parking is available. We are grateful to the Solstice Creative Writing MFA program at Pine Manor College for partnering with us and co-hosting these events.
Next program:The Spring What’s New In Children’s Book’s Half-Day Conference will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 8:30am to 12:30pm. The theme of this conference will be Reading Across Cultures and will feature authors Joseph Bruchac, Katie Smith Milway, and Dedie King, illustrator Judith Inglese, and librarian Jennifer Hanson, who will summarize her favorite books and resources for reading across cultures. For more information on these speakers and the event itself, please view the What’s New in Children’s Books Flyer, which can also be printed and shared.
See our Register for Events page to register for our next program.