On Tuesday, April 10, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart welcomed children's book author Pat Brisson to campus to share her love of storytelling and her 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 Brisson in division-specific presentations given in the William E. Simon Chapel Library. In addition to educating students about the process of writing a book, Brisson inspired the boys to write themselves, "It starts with a pencil, a pad of paper, and an idea." Her presentations featured a slideshow designed to highlight that books are written by ordinary people and how a picture book goes from being an idea in someone's head to a finished product you can hold in your hands and read. Students were shown how an author prepares a manuscript, what an editor's job is, how the illustrator prepares a dummy, what the galleys look like, what a copy editor does, how a full color picture book is printed, and much more.
Brisson's visit also coincided with the Librarian for the Day 2017 Gala item event which showcased second grader Thomas D. 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: Pat Brisson is the author of over 20 books for young readers, including The Summer My Father Was Ten and Sometimes We Were Brave. A graduate of Rutgers University, she is a former elementary school teacher, school librarian, and public-library reference librarian. Pat has four grown sons and lives in New Jersey with her husband.
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.