On Thursday, March 14, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart welcomed New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Peter Brown to campus to share his love of storytelling and his writing process with students. The visit was sponsored through the generosity of the Princeton Academy Parents Association (PAPA).
Our young men had the honor and joy of spending time with Brown in division-specific presentations given in the William E. Simon Chapel Library. In addition to educating students about the process of writing a book, Brown inspired the boys to write and draw themselves.
Mr. Brown's titles include New York Times bestsellers like The Wild Robot, The Curious Garden, Children Make Terrible Pets, and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. Mr. Brown's illustrations for Creepy Carrots!, written by Aaron Reynolds, earned him a Caldecott Honor.
Librarian Ellen Dowling shared, "Most of the boys had read and loved The Wild Robot and many had also read The Wild Robot Escapes. They voiced strong arguments for directions Peter could take if he decided to write a third Wild Robot book, something they strongly encouraged. One boy said, 'I don't like it when I love a series so much and it ends so quickly. That is why we need you to write more Wild Robot books.' Dowling continued, "They debated whether The Wild Robot series could continue when the second book had such a good ending or whether a new character would need to be introduced or a segue taken. It was a very spirited discussion with many boys involved."
Brown's visit also coincided with the Librarian for the Day 2018 Gala item event which showcased fifth grader Joshua G. assuming the leadership of the library for the day. Thank you to Ms. Dowling, Ms. Palowitch, and PAPA for bringing this wonderful event to campus for all to enjoy!
About the Author: Peter has always loved telling stories. Growing up in New Jersey, he told stories by drawing whimsical characters and scenes from his imagination. As a teenager, he fell in love with writing and began telling his tales with words. While studying illustration at Art Center College of Design, Peter's love of both words and pictures led him to take several courses on children's books, and before long he knew he'd found his calling.
After graduating from Art Center Peter moved to New York City to be closer to the publishing industry. He was working on animated TV shows when he signed a book deal to write and illustrate his first picture book, Flight of the Dodo. Peter quickly signed up his second and third books, and his career as an author and illustrator of children's books was under way.
Since then Peter has written and illustrated many books for children and earned numerous honors, including a Caldecott Honor, a Horn Book Award, two E.B. White Awards, two E.B. White Honors, a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year, two Irma Black Honors, a Golden Kite Award, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award and multiple New York Times bestsellers.
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About Princeton Academy: Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Our mission is to develop young men with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We educate and develop the whole boy in mind, body and spirit. A rigorous, inquiry-based, hands-on academic program joins unparalleled character development and a wide variety of arts, athletics and co-curriculars to provide an ideal learning environment for boys.