This week students and staff from across Elmbrook were able to experience a virtual visit from award-winning author and illustrator Christian Robinson! His books have won Caldecott, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King honors.
Robinson visited on Thursday, June 4 to speak to over 870 students, staff and family members across the Elmbrook and Glendale-River Hills Districts. Robinson's visit was in promotion of his brand new picture book, You Matter. In his presentation, Christian read his book, discussed his background in art, illustrated suggestions from students, answered student questions, and showed videos of his creative process. His picture book, You Matter was released on June 2 and focuses on kindness and self-worth. The dynamic presentation can be viewed online here.
Author visits are an important and impactful way to promote rich, authentic literature experiences. "We are excited to be able to continue to provide this type of diverse programming for our students, especially during our virtual learning time. We want our students to hear the message they matter, are valued and loved, and that is the message his book delivers. The results of the event surveys showed that our students are eager to read the books we shared," said Kay Koepsel-Benning, Director of Library Services. "I was especially pleased at the depth of curiosity we saw in the insightful questions our students asked." This event was made possible by Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company.