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Dear P.S. 32 Students & Parents,

We are excited to bring these author/illustrators to speak to our Students this week and next. These visits takes place during school in the library and is for students only.

4th and 5th Grade Author Visit
Zetta Elliott
Wednesday December 5, 2018  in the P.S. 32 auditorium
About the author

Zetta Elliott is a Black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. She was born and raised in Canada, but has lived in the US for 20 years. BIRD, Zetta’s picture book for older readers about a family coping with addiction, won the Honor Award in Lee & Low Books’ New Voices Contest and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers. SHIP OF SOULS was named a Booklist Top Ten Sci-fi/Fantasy Title for Youth and was a finalist for the Phillis Wheatley Book Award. Zetta is an advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing, and has self-published several illustrated books for younger readers under her own imprint, Rosetta Press.

5th Grade Author-Illustrator Visit
Victoria Jamieson
Friday December 7, 2018 in the P.S. 32 library
About the Author-Illustrator

Victoria has written and illustrated seven picture books and graphic novels for kids. Her graphic novel, ROLLER GIRL, won the Newbery Honor in 2016 and became a New York Times bestseller. Many of her books are based on her real-life experiences. ROLLER GIRL is based on her time playing roller derby with the Rose City Rollers in Portland, Oregon. She also worked at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival in Florida when she was in high school, which inspired her to write ALL’S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. Victoria lives in Pennsylvania with her family and “a very grumpy cat named Sharon.”

Kindergarten Author-Illustrator Visit
Ruth Chan
Wednesday December 12, 2018 in the P.S. 32 library
About the Author-Illustrator

Before Ruth began illustrating full-time, she spent much of her Canadian childhood tobogganing, another chunk of time studying art and education at Wellesley College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a decade working with kids in schools, after school and summer programs in underserved communities in Boston, DC, and NYC.

She has since become a full-time illustrator, spending her time creating children’s picture books, freelance illustrating, and doodling on the train. Her books, WHERE’S THE PARTY? and GEORGIE’S BEST BAD DAY, are about the imaginary adventures of her dog, Feta, and her cat, Georgie. She lives in Brooklyn.


  • Consider checking out their 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.

If you have any questions or suggestions for these author-illustrator visits, please contact Adam at

Thank you for your participation—we’re looking forward to a great visit!


Oct 14th, 11AM Storytime @Books Are Magic

Dear Friends,

Books Are Magic, located at 225 Smith Street, donated 30 books to PS32 signed by the author Roda Ahmed. They are having an event this Sunday. Please attend if you are able to.

Mae Among The Stars by Roda Ahmed

Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street
Sunday October 14 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Storytime with Roda Ahmed: Mae Among the Stars

When Mae Jemison was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering. She wanted to be an astronaut. Her mom told her, “If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.” Little Mae’s curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents’ encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space.

This book will inspire other young girls to reach for the stars, to aspire for the impossible, and to persist with childlike imagination. A great classroom and bedtime read-aloud, Mae Among the Stars is the perfect book for young readers who have big dreams and even bigger hearts!

Author, Roda Ahmed

Roda Ahmed is a Norwegian author and columnist born in Hargeisa, Somalia. Roda is the bestselling author ofForberedelsen (The Preparations). Mae Among the Stars is her first children’s book. She can speak five languages: Somali, Arabic, Norwegian, English, and French. Roda lives in LA with her husband and two children.

This event is free and family-friendly! Let us know you’re coming on Facebook. 


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Adam Marcus

Share your Summer Reading Experience!

We hope that your summer was filled with fun, sun, and lots of reading! We also hope you and your children enjoyed our summer reading books, Love That Cat and Hate That Dog by Sharon Creech. 

A VoiceThread website has been setup to allow us all to share in the book club.

To view the Summer Reading VoiceThread Book Club Site Go to: or click on the VoiceThread Summer Reading Book Club link  at If your child wishes to participate in the Social Readia and does not know their username and password, please email:

2nd grade Author Visit with Zetta Elliot

16dec_zettaellison_birdDear 2nd graders and Parents,
We are excited to bring award-winning author Zetta Elliott on Thursday, Dec 7th to speak to our 2nd grade classes.  (more…)

Kindergarten Author-Illustrator Visit Ruth Chan

Dear Kindergartners and Parents,


We are excited to bring acclaimed author-illustrator Ruth Chan to our library on  Tuesday, December 5th to speak to our Kindergarten classes. (more…)