Schedule of Events
VIRTUAL CLASSROOM EVENTS
Wednesday, December 2nd
Jeanette Bradley, Keila V. Dawson, and Lindsay H. Metcalf, the co-editors and illustrator of No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, will meet with students in third, fourth, and fifth grades to discuss the connection between art and activism, as well as doing exercises on self-portraits and writing. Kirkus Reviews recently named No Voice Too Small one of the Best Picture Books of 2020.
Monday, December 7th
Cecil Castellucci will meet with the seventh grade to discuss her graphic novel, The Plain Janes, talk about street art and activism, and work with students on a conceptual art activism project about finding your voice.
Monday, December 7th
Cecil Castellucci will meet with the eighth grade to read from her novel Don’t Cosplay with My Heart. Following the reading, she will discuss costumes and identity, the identification with superhero figures, and communities that emerge from fandom culture, all of which can be powerful sites of friendship, affinity, allyship, and activism.
Tuesday, December 8th
Kat Leyh will meet with the fifth and sixth grades to discuss her graphic novels Snapdragon and The Lumberjanes series. She will craft talks about character, identity, and themes within her work and the process behind producing word and image panels. Ms. Leyh also will examine how Snapdragon fits into and challenges stereotypical expectations of the protagonist in novels and what this means for young graphic artists and novelists who are finding their voices and power.
Wednesday, December 9th
Orion Razat, the sixth grader who began writing 101 STEM Jokes when he was in the second grade, will talk to our second and third grades about his experience as a young writer. His mother, Imani Razat, will join to facilitate. Orion will also show the class a hagfish slime-making activity from his book.
Thursday and Friday, December 10th and 11th
Karla Harry Visiting Author Grace Lin will meet with Nursery through sixth grade in five separate age-appropriate workshops. Early Childhood and first and second grade presentations will center on Ms. Lin’s picture books and The Year of the Dog, while third through sixth grade presentations will be centered around her book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
Early Childhood and Lower School students will meet with Ms. Lin on December 10th. Middle School students will meet with Ms. Lin on December 11th.
Wednesday, November 25th
The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House by Eric Litwin, read aloud by Claire Phipps, Chief Advancement and Experience Officer. Posted online at www.gordonschool.org/readalouds - password readalouds
Saturday, December 5th, 2:00-4:00 pm
Gordon School reads Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
By special permission of Karla Harry Visiting Author Grace Lin, Gordon librarian Frances Martindale hosts an online group readaloud of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon over Zoom.
Tuesday, December 8th at 6:30 pm
Gabby Rivera in conversation with Dr. Leticia Alvarado
With Middle School readers, their parents, and comics enthusiasts in mind, this conversation brings acclaimed author Gabby Rivera together with Gordon parent and Brown University Professor Leticia Alvarado to discuss Rivera’s unique contributions to the Marvel universe, narrating this story of its first queer Latina superhero. Centering on the America Chavez Marvel series, their conversation will touch on the relationship between art and activism, the importance of diverse representation, and nuanced approaches to race, gender, and sexuality in coming of age narratives. This event will be free and open to the public through a password-protected Zoom which will be linked at www.gordonschool.org/rivera.
Monday, December 14th at 6:30 pm
David Badre in conversation with Middle School Director Gabe Burnstein
After a brief introduction on executive function, neuroscientist and Gordon parent David Badre will do a deeper dive into the childhood development of this crucial faculty. His talk will draw on chapter 9 of his book, On Task: How Our Brain Gets Things Done. His talk will conclude with a follow-up conversation with Middle School Director Gabe Burnstein that will take questions from the Gordon community.
Order takeout on December 3rd and December 7th, and these restaurants will donate a portion of proceeds to the GCA. Mention “Gordon School Book Fair” when ordering and show this webpage when you pick up your order.