Saturday, October 23, 2010


Bonnie Leick, illustrator of Goodnight Little Monster

It’s time for Little Monster to go to bed. But not until he washes his plump pointy tail, looks Bonnie Leickunder the bed for scary children, and has his bedtime snack of worm juice and baked beetle bread. Join illustrator Bonnie Leick as she reads from her latest picture book, Goodnight, Little Monster (author Helen Ketteman). Then, get your pencils and crayons ready because she is going to show you how to create your own monsters and all things Halloween! 

Author bio: Bonnie Leick (pronunciation: like) grew up on a dairy farm in Central Wisconsin where, as a child, she spent her summers picking rocks in the fields and baling hay. Her artwork has sometimes been defined as quirky and humorous. Bonnie has worked for publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Marshall Cavendish, and Tanglewood Books. She has also illustrated for Highlights High Five and Highlights. Before her work in children’s books, Bonnie received a BFA in Film/Video-Character Animation from the California Institute of Art and Design. She currently resides in Milwaukee with her family.

Linda F. Nathan, author of The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test: Lessons from an Innovative Urban School 
In 1998 Linda Nathan founded The Boston Arts Academy (BAA), a pilot school operating within the Boston Public School district, where the mission is to be a “laboratory and a beacon for artistic and academic innovation.” With students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, BAA sends 95 percent of its graduates to college, a number in striking contrast to that of average urban districts. 

This remarkable success rate, argues Nathan, is due in large part to asking the right questions and involving Linda Nathanall constituents in the search for answers. In The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test, she explores how to build a school culture that takes into account the hugely complicated nature of teaching and of students’ lives—and examines how both are impacted by social inequities. Drawing on her many years as an educator and on the experiences of students and teachers at BAA, Nathan uses a “sharing our warts and wounds” approach in analyzing what her school stands for and how it lives up to, and sometimes fails to live up to, its highest goals.This event is cosponsored by Artists Rallying Together, a group dedicated to bringing artists of all kinds together to raise awareness of the importance of arts education in our schools.
Author bio: Award-winning educator Linda F. Nathan consults and speaks on educational issues nationally and internationally, and teaches a graduate course at Harvard on building democratic schools. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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