Author/illustrator visits Hinsdale school on Family Night

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HINSDALE, N.H. — As part of the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) Year of the Book program at Hinsdale Elementary School, students in grades K-2 and their families were entertained by local author/illustrator John Steven Gurney on Thursday, Jan. 16, during a Family Night celebration. The school was one of five statewide winners of a competitive grant valued at $25,000 worth of new books for students, author visits, writing workshops, books for classroom libraries, and new books for the school and town libraries.

Gurney first led the crowd through a presentation about his personal creative process and ultimately how he brings his creative ideas to print. He provided insights into using friends and family members as models and demonstrated how he transforms photographs of them into the unique characters found in his illustrations. A highlight of the event was when families picked out a book for each of their children from the hundreds that were on display.

This year's CLiF grant boosts the school's efforts to have students develop an early love of books, experience a broad range of literature, and develop as strong readers and writers.

One second grader expressed his excitement during the interactive drawing session: "I never knew I could be an illustrator."

The event was sponsored by the Helen G. Hauben Foundation, Tom Myers, Clear Solutions, and Carol Wilkinson Keenan.

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