Perspectives 2016-2017

Perpective LogoAuthor Invasion!!
October 24th – October 28th 2016

Literature is both a door and a window, bringing fresh perspectives and insights to our world. In the children’s book world there is a grassroots initiative, We Need Diverse Books, which is working to ensure that books “…reflects and honors the lives of all young people.” (Diverse, 2016) The Perspectives program allows District 65 students and families to view issues from multiple perspectives, and see themselves represented in the authors, the author’s life experiences, and the stories they tell.

Over the course of one week, five amazing authors (see who is coming, below) will be visiting D65 schools and speaking with specific grade levels.   On the evening of October 24th, all authors will be present for an author panel, hosted by Foundation 65 and the Evanston Public Library.  The event will take place at King Arts Magnet School, 2424 Lake Street, Evanston from 5:30 pm and is open and free to the public.

  • 5:30 pm    display of student art & food trucks (La Cocinita and Gotta Bee Crepes – food for purchase)
  • 6:30 pm   Author panel and discussion (moderated by Betsy Bird, Evanston Public Library Collection Development Manager)
  • 7:15 pm   Book signings

King Arts has two parking lots, one off of Lake Street and one off of Dempster Street.  The presentation will take place in the auditorium (enter main doors on Lake Street).

Matt de la Peña – Oct 24 and 25th (visiting with all 7th and 8th graders)


Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.  Visit Matt’s website!

Steve Sheinkin – Oct 24 and Oct 25 (visiting with all 5th and 6th graders)


Steve Sheinkin is an award-winning American author of suspenseful history books for young adults. A former textbook writer, Sheinkin began writing full-time nonfiction books for young readers in 2008. His work has been widely acclaimed for its ability to transform historical information into thrilling, accessible accounts.  Sheinkin’s nonfiction books, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon and Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, were both National Book Award finalists. In 2013, Bomb also won the Newbery Honor and Sibert Medal from the American Library Association. His 2015 book, Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, was also a finalist for the National Book Award, and was called “easily the best study of the Vietnam War available for teen readers.”   Visit Steve’s website!

Grace Lin – Oct 24th – 27th (visiting with all 4th and 2nd graders)


Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels. Grace’s 2010 Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was chosen for Al Roker’s Today Show Kid’s Book Club and was a NY Times Bestseller. Ling & Ting, Grace’s first early reader, was honored with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011. Most recently, the cover illustration for her new novel When the Sea Turned to Silver was displayed at the White House, where Grace, herself, was recognized as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. Many of Grace’s books are about the Asian-American experience because she believes, “Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal.”  Visit Grace’s website!

Duncan Tonatiuh – Oct 24 – 26th (visiting with all 3rd graders)


Duncan Tonatiuh (toh-nah-tee-YOU) is the author-illustrator of The Princess and the Warrior, Funny Bones, Separate Is Never Equal, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours and Dear Primo. He is the illustrator of Esquivel! and Salsa. His books have received multiple accolades, among them the Pura Belpré Medal, the Sibert Medal, The Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award, The Américas Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award.  Duncan Tonatiuh is both Mexican and American. He grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City. His artwork is inspired by Pre-Columbian art, particularly that of the Mixtec codex. His aim is to create images and stories that honor the past, but that are relevant to people, especially children, nowadays.  Visit Duncan’s website!

Janice Harrington – Oct 25 – Oct 28 (visiting all Kindergartners and 1st graders)


Janice N. Harrington writes poetry and children’s books. She grew up in Alabama and Nebraska, and both those settings, especially rural Alabama, figure largely in her writing. Her first book of poetry, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (2007), won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her second book of poetry, The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home, came out in 2011, and her third book, Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin, is scheduled to appear in October 2016. She is also the winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for emerging women writers. Her children’s books, The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County (2007) and Going North (2004), both from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, have won many awards and citations, including a listing among TIME Magazine’s top 10 children’s books and the Ezra Jack Keats Award from the New York Public Library. Harrington’s poetry appears regularly in American literary magazines. She has worked as a public librarian and now teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois.  Visit Janice’s website!