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Author’s Visit Sparks Students’ Creativity to Bring Characters to Life

Kindergarten- through fifth-grade students at Bronxville Elementary School discovered the power of creativity and innovation when they welcomed award-winning children’s author and illustrator Laurie Keller to their school on Dec. 8.

During her visit, Keller recounted her journey of creating children’s books, shared where she draws inspiration from for her books and discussed how she brings her characters to life. Some of her works include “Arnie the Doughnut” and “Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners,” whose characters were inspired by everyday objects.

“She shared with the students that doodling is a way for artists to grow and develop ideas from a small seed,” said teacher Kendall Fousek, who co-organized the visit along with teacher Dianne Aronson. “She showed them that by looking at the shapes of different everyday objects, she matched those shapes to the ones she created for her characters.”

During each class assembly, which was tailored to the different grade levels, Keller invited the students to discover how quickly they can come up with their own ideas. Jotting down their own sketches and ideas, they were thrilled to discover the endless possibilities.

The author’s visit was made possible through the Lecture Series, which provides students with educational and arts experiences that enrich the K-5 curriculum. Chaired by Aronson and Fousek, the Lecture Series programs are entirely funded by the generous support of parents and made possible through the volunteer efforts of Bronxville faculty members.

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