Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nikki Grimes to Visit Willard!

Friday, February 24th
8:45 - 9:15 in the Willard Cafetorium

This Friday, our 8th graders will get to to hear award-winning poet and novelist Nikki Grimes speak. Her most recent book is a collection of poetry inspired by the poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Since our own students just wrote dramatic monologues about the Harlem Renaissance, this seemed like an opportunity that could not be passed up.
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Last month, Ms. Grimes was awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for an author whose books "have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children." Other recipients of this lifetime achievement award include E. B. White, Beverly Cleary, Dr. Seuss, and Virginia Hamilton. 

Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore will bring some copies of her books to sell while she is here.

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About One Last Word:
In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance -- including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era -- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using "The Golden Shovel" poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking.

This special book also includes original artwork in full-color from some of today's most exciting African American illustrators, who have created pieces of art based on Nikki's original poems. Featuring art by: Cozbi Cabrera, R. Gregory Christie, Pat Cummings, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Ebony Glenn, Nikki Grimes, E. B. Lewis, Frank Morrison, Christopher Myers, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, Shadra Strickland, and Elizabeth Zunon.
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