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October 12, 2004

Caldecott Winner Among Celebrated Children’s Authors and Illustrators to Sign Books at the Smith College Campus School Nov. 8

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College will host “A Celebration of Authors and Illustrators,” a benefit book sale and book signing, from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, with 2004 Caldecott Medal Winner Mordicai Gerstein and more than two dozen other local names in children’s literature.

The event—which will take place at the Smith College Campus School, located at Gill Hall on Prospect St.—is open to the public, and admission is free.

Gerstein is the most recent winner of the Caldecott Medal for his book “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers,” a true story about the daring feat of a young Frenchman who walked a tightrope between the World Trade Center twin towers in 1974.

Other literary names who will attend the “Celebration of Authors and Illustrators” include Jane Yolen, Golden Kite award-winner for such books as “The Girl Who Cried Flowers & Other Tales”; Patricia MacLachlan, author of many books for young readers including “Sarah, Plain and Tall,” winner of the Newbery Medal; Brett Helquist, illustrator of the New York Times best-selling “Series of Unfortunate Events”; and Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, authors of the “Spiderwick Chronicles.”

The Campus School will donate profits from the book sale to Reach Out and Read (ROR), a national program that provides new books for children through their pediatricians. The donation will benefit families at the High Street Clinic in West Springfield, 95 percent of whom are below the poverty level.

Founded in 1926, the Smith College Campus School is a co-educational laboratory day school enrolling 270 children from Northampton and the surrounding communities in kindergarten through Grade 6. The school has a regular practice of community service that focuses on a range of local, national and international issues and needs.


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