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Fourth & Fifth Grade Author Visit, Jan 31st

P.S. 32 is excited to welcome acclaimed author Paul Griffin on Tuesday, January 31st.  Paul will be speaking to our fourth and fifth grade classes about his 2016 young adult novel, When Friendship Followed Me Home.

Entrancing, magical, tragic, and uplifting.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

…handles hard topics with penetrating insight and honesty, while balancing painful moments with levity.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Through a generous grant from the American Association of Publishers,  our fourth and fifth grades have copies of the novel in the classrooms. If you have any questions or suggestions for this author visit, please contact our school Librarian, Mr Marcus, at adam.marcus@ps32.org
We’re looking forward to a great visit!

About the author 
Paul went to Dartmouth College to major in Film Studies and English, with the hope he’d make a living writing books and screenplays. His first job after school was the job that had gotten him through school: dockworker. He was a dishwasher too (alongside Vin Diesel), a teacher and tutor, butler and bartender, driver and dog trainer, an EMT and amanuensis. (Look it up.  I know I had to.) The hardest and best work was the teaching. Paul started out with the Creative Arts Team, giving conflict resolution workshops aimed at stemming the spread of violence, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS in high schools, juvenile detention centers and alternative education centers throughout NYC. These days Paul works with awesome organizations like Behind The Book and Literacy For Incarcerated Teens, and his workshops focus on helping young men and women tell their life stories as they reach out to counselors, judges, admissions officers and potential employers.Paul wrote several novels for young adults: Ten Mile River, The Orange Houses, Stay With Me, Burning Blue and Adrift. When Friendship Followed Me Home, a novel for middle grade readers, comes out in 2016.  Middle grade novel Marty comes out in 2017.  Paul lives in Manhattan with several maniac dogs and one very patient wife.

1st Grade Author-Illustrator Visit

Dear First Graders and Parents,

We arAdobe Photoshop PDFe excited to bring acclaimed author-illustrator Abby Hanlon to our library on Thursday, January 5th to speak to our first grade classes. In her talk, Abby will share Dory Fantasmagory and talk to students about how she created the story and illustrations with a lot of help from her first grade twins.

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 Abby’s books before the visit. (more…)

4th & 5th graders Author Visit Zetta Elliot

16dec_zettaellison_birdDear 4th & 5th graders and Parents,
We are excited to bring award-winning author Zetta Elliott on Wednesday, Jan 11th to speak to our 4th and 5th 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  Zetta’s books before the visit. (more…)

Kindergarten Author-Illustrator Visit Ruth Chan

Dear Kindergartners and Parents,
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We are excited to bring acclaimed author-illustrator Ruth Chan to our library on  Tuesday, December 13th to speak to our Kindergarten 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 Ruth’s books before the visit.

Before the visit
We have purchased some copies of Ruth’s book for the classrooms so students can become familiar with her work before the visit. There are also additional copies in the library that students may check out. (more…)

Third Grade Author-Illustrator Visit, Oct 21st

Dear Third Graders and Parents,

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We are excited to bring acclaimed author-illustrator Jason Chin to our library on  Friday, October 21th to speak to our third grade classes. Jason will give students an inside look at how he makes his books. He will talk about the science behind his books, his research process, and how he writes and illustrates.

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 Jason’s books before the visit. (more…)