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Author Courtney Kotloski and illustrator Natalie Sorrentino visited Swanson Elementary on October 2. Kotloski and Sorrentino spoke to over 400 students in grades 1-3 about their new book, From Malena with Love.

Their book is the latest in their Gnat and Corky series which bring to life universal and diverse stories inspired by interviews with real kids. The local duo talked to students about the writing and illustrating processes, shared how their stories are based on the spirit of real kids, and read their book to the group. Following their presentation, they answered questions from students and signed copies of their books. The two were also recently featured on TMJ4's Morning Blend segment.

This visit was sponsored by Elmbrook's community partner, Boswell Books. This school year, numerous award-winning authors are scheduled to visit the district as a continuation of our joint initiative to engage students in reading and writing. Click here to see more upcoming author visits.

Author Courtney Kotloski and Illustrator Natalie Sorrentino