Visiting Author Program

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

2012 Visiting Author Joseph Bruchac 

2013 Visiting Author Doreen Rappaport

2014 Visiting Author Andrea Davis Pinkney

2015 Visiting Author James Howe

2016 Visiting Authors Robin Page and Steve Jenkins

2017 Visiting Author Nikki Grimes

2018 Visiting Author Kwame Alexander

Monica Brown will be at Gordon Wednesday, December 4th and Thursday, December 5th, as the thirteenth annual Karla Harry Visiting Author. She will present to every grade and lead workshops with Lower School and Middle School students.

Themes of personal identity and activism run throughout her work, making her a terrific match for Gordon students. Second graders will be particularly interested to meet her as part of their yearlong study of the craft of picture book creation.

Monica Brown is the author of the Lola Levine chapter book series and many award-winning picture books including Waiting for the Biblioburro, Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match, and Maya's Blanket. She has collaborated with eleven-year-old Sarai Gonzalez on the Sarai chapter book series. Her picture book biographies include one on musician Tito Puente and another on Pablo Neruda. Her latest picture book, Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2017 and 2018 Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration. 

Monica's books are inspired by her Peruvian and Jewish heritage and desire to bring diverse stories to children. She is a professor of English at Northern Arizona University. Monica lives with her family in Arizona.

The residency coincides with the annual GCA Book Fair, and she will sign books at the fair during her visit from 3:20 to 5:00pm. The Book Fair has free admission and is open to the public.