Web Wonders: Connecting to Authors and Illustrators: April 2015



Mary-Eileen Rufkahr

 How to Connect with Authors and Illustrators!

Students of all ages seem to truly connect with a book when they know more about the author and/or illustrator who created the work. Younger children often don’t realize there is a “real”person who created the story they are enjoying; older students are often amazed that the person who is responsible for the book has had many of the struggles and successes they too have faced in their lives. Visiting an author’s web page provides a whole different dimension to literature appreciation.

Dav Pilkey is known for animal-oriented books including Kat Kong, Dogzilla and Dog Breath. Zany, off-the-wall, outside of the box are only a few of the phrases to describe Pilkey and his writing style. The same goes for his web page at https://pilkey.com/. His “extra crunchy web site of fun” features a biography, games and black line reproducibles.

Author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg has been producing children’s favorites for over a quarter century. His web page features a biography, news on favorite and upcoming books and videos of the author reading and discussing some of his stories. Check out: https://hmhbooks.com/chrisvanallsburg/index.html.

Avi, the pen name of Edward Irving Wortis, is an author of young adult and children’s literature. Avi has tips for young writers, information on Skype visits, readers’ theater scripts and book discussion materials. Visit Avi’s site at https://www.aviwriter.com/index.

Frank Asch the author of the Moonbear and Cardboard Genius series has a colorful, inviting web site for students. Videos of his stories, art work sent in by fans and recipes are only a few of the topics on his web page: https://frankasch.com/. Whether it is the Gilbert the Opossum series for young readers or the Annie Pitts series for older students, Diane de Groat captures the imagination and attention of her audience. Her web page includes teacher materials, a biography and news on upcoming releases. Check out https://www.dianedegroat.com/index.html.

Molly Bang’s work ranges from science for children (Ocean Sunlight) to All of Me,  and A Book of Thanks. Bang has led a rich and full life from volunteering at her daughter’s school to working with UNICEF. Her site offers a comprehensive source of information for both students and teachers. Go to: https://www.mollybang.com/bio.html

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