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Award-winning authors to visit district

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 17, 2017) -- The author of the “Jigsaw Jones” children’s mystery series is among the award-winning writers who will discuss their craft April 29 at “Meet the Author and Illustrator Day.”

 

City School District of Albany families are invited to the event, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 274 South Pearl Street. In addition to presentations by authors and a free continental breakfast, Giffen musicians will perform throughout the day.

 

The authors and illustrators include:

  • Sharon Flake, award-winning author of books for children and young adults, including “The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street” and “You Don’t Even Know Me: Short Stories and Poems About Boys.”

  • Jerdine Nolen, award-winning author of a dozen books including “Big Jabe,” “Thunder Rose” (a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book), and “Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life” (a Bank Street Best Book of the Year), all illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

  • James Preller, award-winning author of more than 80 children’s books, including the Jigsaw Jones Mystery series. His other titles include “Along Came Spider” and “Ghost Cat and Other Spooky Tales.”

  • Cheryl Willis Hudson, award-winning author of “AFRO-BETS ABC,” “AFRO-BETS 123,” “Hands Can,” “Good Morning” and several other books for children and young adults. She also is editorial director for Just Us Books, Inc., an independent publishing company whose books feature African-American characters.

 

“Meet the Author-Illustrator Day" is free and books will be available for purchase at a discounted rate. Each author will be on hand to sign his or her books, as well.

   

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,600 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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