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Visiting Authors 2018-19

We are so excited to welcome five notable authors during the 2018-19 school year to CEE!

September 14, 2018 - Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald is the creator of the popular and award-winning Judy Moody and Stink series. She is also the author of three Sisters Club stories, ANT AND HONEY BEE: A PAIR OF FRIENDS AT HALLOWEEN, and many other books for children. She lives in Sebastopol, California. Megan will be speaking to our first and second grade students in the CEE Library.


October 2, 2018 - Saxton Freymann

Saxton Freymann deftly transforms garden-variety produce into emotive faces and amusing animals enhanced with peppercorn eyes, beet-juice mouths, or corn-kernel teeth. Freymann's imaginative creations appear in How Are You Peeling?: Foods with Moods, winner of a National Parenting Publications Award, One Lonely Sea Horse, Dog Food, winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, and Baby Food. How Are You Peeling? and Dog Food were both named New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books. Freymann's books are utilized in the EC2 classroom each year as a component of R.U.L.E.R., a social / emotional learning program created by The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. EC2 children will be workshopping their own foods with moods with the author during his visit.


November 30, 2018 - Celia Perez

Our 6th grade students will be reading The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez this fall in their language arts classroom. Her book is a 2018 Pure Belpré Award Honor Book, a winner of the 2018 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, a Junior Library Guild selection, and was included in several best of the year lists including the Amelia Bloomer List, NPR's Best Books of 2017, the Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books, the New York Public Library's Best Books for Kids, School Library Journal's Best of 2017, The Horn Book Magazine's Fanfare, and ALSC's Notable Children's Books. During her visit, she will engage our oldest students with a zine workshop in our Innovation Center.


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January 23, 2019 - Innosanto Nagara

Innosanto Nagara is originally from Indonesia, but moved to the US in 1988 to study zoology and philosophy. He worked as a graphic designer for a range of social change organizations, before founding the Design Action Collective, a worker-owned cooperative design studio in Oakland, California. A is for Activist was Inno's first book. It has now been adapted into Spanish and translated into Swedish. Following the success of A is for Activist, Inno wrote and illustrated a follow-up board book, Counting on Community. His third book, My Night in the Planetarium, is a picture book about "the art of resistance." Innosanto Nagara's social justice-themed books are beautifully designed to inform students of all ages, and he will be speaking to children in EC1 through 6th grade.

March 8, 2019 - Margaret Peterson Haddix

Margaret Peterson Haddix has written more than 40 books for kids and teens, including Running Out of Time, Double Identity, Escape from Memory, Uprising, the Shadow Children series (Among the Hidden, etc.), the Missing series (Found, etc.); the Children of Exile series, and Under Their Skin. Her books have been honored with New York Times bestseller status, the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and numerous state reader's choice awards. They have also been translated into more than twenty different languages. Haddix is a literary icon here at CEE, and her books have been enjoyed by our students for years. Her novels have remained on our library's top ten circulated book list for years, and our students in grades 4-6 are eager for her visit!

March 19, 2019 - Roda Ahmed

Roda Ahmed was born in Hargaisa, Somalia and moved to Norway with her family and seven siblings. A graduate in Anthropology from the Norwegian University of Technology and Natural Sciences, Roda has also mastered five languages; Somali, Arabic, Norwegian, English and French. Ahmed was a regular columnist for the Norwegian National newspaper, Dagsavisen and is releasing her first children's book "Mae Among the Stars" in 2018 with Harper Collins. "Mae Among the Stars" is inspired by the story of Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel into space. Ahmed will be speaking to our EC through 3rd grade students.