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Karla Harry Visiting Author    

The Visiting Author Program provides Gordon students the unique experience of delving into the writer’s craft by working with nationally recognized authors and illustrators. It is supported by the Karla Harry Visiting Author Fund, which was established in 2006 in memory of Karla Harry, Gordon’s beloved librarian and adored community member. This fund was initially endowed by Almon, Suzanne, Stephen, and Sara Hall. Gifts from Karla’s friends and family have expanded its mission, and this permanent fund has become a vital part of the school’s library program and literature curriculum.

2007 Visiting Author Kimberly Willis Holt

2008 Visiting Author Ed Young

2009 Visiting Author Marilyn Nelson

2010 Visiting Author Julia Alvarez

2011 Visiting Author April Pulley Sayre

2014 Visiting Author Andrea Davis Pinkney

2015 Visiting Author James Howe

James Howe

James Howe was the ninth Karla Harry Visiting Author, arriving in November 2015.

Librarian Suzanne Fox explains:

James Howe is an author of tremendous depth and will speak to all of our students during his stay. 

His widely-taught middle school book, The Misfits, inspired the national movement called No Name Calling Week.

One of his picture books, Otter and Odder, won the Gordoncott, the precursor to the Gordon School Multicultural Picturebook Award, in 2012-2013 and is still used in the second grade classrooms. 

The chapter book, Bunnicula, which he wrote with his late wife in 1977, is on the Battle of the Books list, and was chosen as the third and fourth grade musical in spring 2015.

You can find out more about him and his work at
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