Visiting Author – Elementary

The Visiting Author program is one of the targeted  program’s the ICCSD Foundation supports. In partnership with Hills Bank’s Community Reading Month, a children’s book author is selected each year to visit the District and speak with students about their writing and experiences.

The 2019 Visiting Author is Melissa Sweet who will be visiting with our 3rd and 4th graders the week of October 14th. Curriculum before the author’s visit is guided around the author, her books, and works similar to hers.

More About the Author

Melissa SweetMelissa Sweet has illustrated over 100 books as well as toys, puzzles, and games for Eeboo. Her work has been in magazines, on greeting cards and as drawings on her living room walls. She has received numerous awards including two Caldecott honors: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams and For the Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, both by Ien Bryant.

Melissa has written four books: Carmine: A Little More Red, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Tupelo Rides the Rails; Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, a Sibert Award winner for informational books, an NCTE Orbis Pictus winner for outstanding nonfiction, and the Cook Prize for STEM Picture Book. Her most recent book, Some Writer! The Story of e.b.white was a New York Times best seller and garnered an NCTE Orbis Pictus award and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor for nonfiction.

Melissa Sweet books can be found at local independent bookstores,through Indiebound, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or in your local library.

Find out more about the illustrator and author.

Here’s what parents are saying about the Visiting Author Program:

I just wanted to thank you all so much for the visiting author program. I have 3 kids in the district, and all 3 of them have been absolutely thrilled to meet a real author. My 2nd grader saw Peter Brown last week, and hasn’t stopped talking about it. It’s such a wonderful program, and I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you do!

I attended the visiting author session with Peter Brown when he came to Weber. He was very engaging and the kids enjoyed him so much. Some of the kids I work with in Reading Recovery have extremely few books in their homes. It is truly amazing and touching that you would have a donor provide books for all kids who wanted them. I think the kids will treasure the books because they have a personal connection to the author. The visiting author program is an incredible opportunity for kids.

Program Sponsor

Previous Visiting Authors to the ICCSD Schools

Bryan Collier

2018 – Bryan Collier – 1st and 2nd Graders

2017 – Candace Fleming – 3rd and 4th Graders

Delia Howard
2016 – Delia Howard – 5th and 6th Graders

Grace Lin

2015 – Grace Lin – 3rd and 4th Graders

Highlights of Grace Lin's Visit 2015

2014 – Peter Brown – 1st and 2nd Graders

Highlights of Peter Brown's Visit 2014

Jaqueline Davies

2013 – Jacqueline Davies – 3rd and 4th Graders

2012 – Linda Sue Park – 5th and 6th Graders

2011 – Mary Jane Auch – 3rd and 4th Graders

2009 – Chris Soentpiet – 3rd and 4th Graders

2008 – Barbara O’Connor 5th and 6th Graders

2007 – Deborah Wiles – 3rd and 4th Graders