1st Grade Author-Illustrator visit with Calef Brown

Flamingos on the Roof: Poems and Paintings by Calef Brown


First Grade Author Visit

Calef Brown
Friday, May 19th, 2017 in the P.S. 32 library

Dear First Graders & Parents,
We are excited to bring award-winning author-illustrator, Calef Brown, to our library to speak to our first grade classes.

Please note, this talk is during school hours and is for the students only but we want to let parents know so they can help their kids get familiar with Calef’s books before the visit.

Hypnotize a Tiger by Calef Brown

Calef will talk to the kids about where the ideas for his poems come from, and about the process of writing and illustrating a book, from ideas to sketches to the printed page.

Before the visit
We have purchased some copies of the books shown above for the 1st grade classrooms so students can become familiar with Calef’s work before the visit. There are also additional copies in the library that students may check out.

We Go Together!: A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse by Calef Brown

To make the most out of  Calef’s visit:

  • Consider checking out Calef’s books from the school or public library.
  • Talk up the visit before the actual date. The more excited the kids are about it, the more they’ll get out of it.

For more information, visit Calef’s websites: calefbrown.com and calefbooks.com.  If you have any questions or suggestions for this author visit, please contact our P.S. 32 Librarian, Adam, at adam.marcus@ps32.org  We are looking forward to a great visit!

Author Illustrator Calef Brown with a baby elephant pal.


About the author

Calef Brown is the author-illustrator of a dozen books for children including We Go Together!: A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse; Flamingos on the Roof: Poems and Paintings, winner of the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry and a 2007 Children’s Book Council Choice; and Hypnotize a Tiger. He is also the winner of the P.S. 32 2017 5th Annual March Poetry Madness Tournament!
Using engaging and nonsensical characters, Calef crafts narrative story-poems with accompanying paintings and drawings. In interviews, he has cited wordplay, dreams and the rhythms of music as inspirations.
Calef’s illustrations have appeared in Newsweek, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time and Travel + Leisure. Brown studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He currently teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.

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