author visits

Each year, we welcome a variety of children's authors to Clinton School to talk with our students about their latest books and get them excited about reading. We have several great authors lined up this spring, and students have the opportunity to order autographed copies of their books!



The Clinton PTA welcomes author Kelly Yang - February 18, 2022



Award-winning author Kelly Yang will be visiting Clinton Elementary School virtually to support her latest book New From Here. Kelly is the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk, winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature, Parachutes, and Three Keys. Front Desk also won the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, was the 2019 Global Read Aloud, and has earned numerous other honors including being named the best book of the year by Amazon, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and NPR. 


New From Here is a poignant middle-grade novel about courage, hope, and resilience as an Asian American boy fights to keep his family together and stand up to racism during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.


Questions? Contact Mrs. Latimer


The Clinton PTA welcomes author Jarrett Lerner - May 27, 2021

Author/illustrator Jarrett Lerner will be visiting Clinton Elementary School 1st and 2nd grade students to share his love of storytelling and drawing. He is much loved for his support of libraries, especially during this time of hybrid and remote learning. While this visit will be virtual, we are confident that Jarrett will engage our children with his presentation and bring out their creativity. Please note, the books that we are highlighting are activity books to engage offscreen creativity.

You can order books below.

Mrs. Latimer will deliver books to those students who are in school and will coordinate with families who remain virtual. 

Deadline: May 13th
Click here to order copies of Jarrett Lerner's books


The Clinton PTA welcomes author Adam Gidwitz - April 21, 2021 

Author Adam Gidwitz will once again be visiting Clinton Elementary School to speak to our 3rd & 4th Graders. In 2015, he wowed students and teachers with stories and discussion of his Grimm series including the popular A Tale Dark and Grimm. Since that time he has written the Newbery Honor Award winning book, The Inquisitor’s Tale and visited us in 2018 with the release of his book The Unicorn Rescue Society. While this visit will be virtual, Adam is a true storyteller and a master at engaging children.

Deadline: April 14th
Click here to order copies of Adam Gidwitz's books





Clinton School Welcomes Nina Crews - March 25, 2020 

Author/Illustrator Nina Crews will be visiting Kindergarten - 2nd Grade students on March 25th to discuss her newest book 
A Girl Like Me. We are excited to welcome her to Maplewood! 

I am so pleased to have illustrated this wonderful poem by Coretta Scott King and MacArthur Prize winner Angela Johnson. A celebration of the power of girls that encourages them to embrace their dreams and more!

- Nina Crews


Deadline: Friday 3/13
Click here to order a personalized signed copy of "A Girl Like Me" 

 Ibi Zoboi - September 26, 2019

My Life as an Ice Cream SandwichAuthor and Maplewood resident, Ibi Zoboi, visited 4th and 5th grade to discuss her newest book My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich. We were excited to welcome her national tour to Clinton Elementary School and excited that her first middle grade novel just hit the New York Times bestseller list. It was also reviewed by the New York Times in August.

"Highlights the importance of imagination and learning to celebrate what it means to be different in a world that demands conformity." –Horn Book


Versify Tour Update - April 4, 2019


The sun was shining and it was a beautiful spring morning when right on time, the Versify Tour bus pulled up in front of school. Authors Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson, Lamar Giles and Raúl the Third were greeted by the students of Clinton in a most excited manner. It felt like we were part of American Idol or a 1960's Beatles tour. It was a magical moment where authors were greeted like rock stars.


Today was National School Librarian Day and the students excitement was a gift I will not forget. 


- Mrs. Latimer


Versify Tour - April 4, 2019  

Clinton Elementary School proudly welcomes Newbery-Award winning and best selling author Kwame Alexander as he brings his Versify Tour to us. Raúl the Third will meet with Kindergarten & 1st grade while Kadir Nelson will meet with 2nd & 3rd and Lamar Giles will meet with 4th & 5th grade.

Books will be signed by the author, but they will not be personalized for the individual student. 




Richard Scarry's Busytown gets a Mexican-American makeover in the marketplace of a buzzing border town from Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third.



 "The Last Last-Day-of-Summer reminds me that all children deserve to exist in magical spaces where their imaginations and familial bonds will them into heroism. Every single child should have the freedom to be one of The Legendary Alstons. And I, for one, am grateful to Giles, and this brilliant story, for that reminder.  

- Jason Reynolds, author of Newbery Honoree Long Way Down




Presents an illustrated retelling of Kwame Alexander’s poem of the same name, which celebrates black life in the United States, from the trauma of slavery to the perseverance of great black leaders such as Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks. Contains extensive backmatter detailing a survey of black historical figures.

Ellen Potter

Author Ellen Potter will be visiting the 2nd grade students at Clinton Elementary School to discuss her newest book, Big Foot and Little Foot - The Squatchicorns. We are excited to welcome her to Maplewood.

★ "This warmhearted new series, particularly suited for reluctant readers or chapter-book newbies, promises more laughs and exploits from the entertainingly paired Hugo and Boone."

~ Booklist, starred review




Voted one of New York Public Libraries Best Books of 2018.



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