Sunday, March 15 from 2 - 3:30 pm in the Children's Room. Please RSVP for this event below.
We'll be celebrating and investigating new and unique informational and verse picture books with authors Christy Mihaly, Laurel Neme and Erin Rounds.
Join us to learn how to most effectively use these books in the learning environment, and then let's all eat PIE!! The authors will read from and sign their own books, and discussion topics will include "how to evaluate these books for acquisition," "what makes an informational book compelling to kids," and "the importance of back matter and how it enhances the learning experience."
We will have oodles of picture books on display for perusal and purchase!
Christy Mihaly started writing for young people after 25 years of legal writing, when she realized that our best hope for the future is raising kids who love to learn. Her 2020 picture book, Free for You and Me: What our First Amendment Means, illustrated by Manu Montoya, celebrates the First Amendment with poems and stories. Christy co-authored the YA nonfiction Diet for a Changing Climate: Food for Thought, with Sue Heavenrich in 2018. Her picture book Hey, Hey, Hay!(A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them) tells the story of how hay is made. Christy has published more than 20 nonfiction books on topics from free speech to food to
fashion, as well as articles, stories, and poems. She lives in East Calais and shops at Bear Pond Books.
As a young girl, Laurel Neme dreamed of helping animals. At first, she wanted to be a large animal veterinarian and talk to the animals like Dr. Dolittle. Later, she wanted to be an animal scientist like Jane Goodall, and filled notebooks with observations about her goldfish. Eventually, she decided to help animals in her own way—by telling their stories through books and news articles for National Geographic and others. So far, she’s the author of three non-fiction books: ANIMAL INVESTIGATORS: How the World’s First Wildlife Forensics Lab is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species (foreword by Richard Leakey, endorsed by Jane Goodall) about wildlife crime and the scientist heroes working to stop smugglers, ORANGUTAN HOUDINI, about an orangutan who outsmarts his zookeeper, and THE ELEPHANT’S NEW SHOE, a true rescue story about an elephant with an artificial foot to published by Scholastic in August 2020. She lives in northwestern Vermont with her husband, son, and super smart German shepherd who loves to do laundry. Learn more at www.LaurelNeme.com
Erin Rounds is a 4th grade teacher in Springfield, Vermont, and a mom to two wonderful kids plus a husky. She is a picture book author and illustrator who gets many of her story ideas from teaching Vermont history. Her niche it seems is narrative nonfictions and biographies, but she is branching out and is currently in the middle of attempting her first MG realistic fiction. Her newest picture book, a bilingual nature book for ages 4-8 titled ITO releases this spring from Owl Publishing.