World famous children’s book author, Nancy Carlson, was a recent guest at Fairgrieve Elementary School.
Carlson, who has authored 63 books including her popular Harriet series of books, spoke to the students about her writing process, inspiration, and illustrating. Her visit was coordinated through the Oswego County BOCES Arts-in-Education program.
Carlson began her career 33 years ago when she was asked to illustrate her first book “Halloween,” written by Joyce K. Kessel. She enjoyed that so much that she continued to illustrate other author’s books, and then decided to writer her own.
She told the students that they possessed the same important tool that she has, an imagination, and encouraged the students to use their imagination every day in creative writing or drawing. She encouraged the students to doodle every day, just like she does and several students in the room had followed Carlson’s daily doodles for some time to the delight of the author. During her presentation, Carlson created several doodles using some of her characters and adding others at the prompting of the audience.
At the end of her visit, she answered questions from the students. Before she left, she presented her completed doodles to the teachers for them to display in their classrooms. Carlson also took time to personally autograph copies of her books for the library and Fairgrieve students.