On a surprisingly snowy morning in March, Friends’ Central welcomed celebrated children’s author and illustrator Matt Phelan to the Lower School. Matt is the author and illustrator of many picture books, graphic novels, and chapter books, including Knights vs Dinosaurs (2018), an illustrated chapter book and the first installment of an exciting trilogy. Speaking to two groups of students, Matt described his artistic process, where he finds his inspiration, and shared how he came up with the idea to include both knights and dinosaurs in the same book!
Our students found plenty of inspiration in Matt’s presentation, including 1st grade students who made a BOOK of their own in the shape of a pig (Pignic, 2018) to thank Matt for his visit. Our 4th grade had the opportunity to eat lunch with Matt and several students asked him for advice on their own personal drawing projects. In describing his career, Matt pointed out that he had taught himself to draw and he encouraged students to never stop drawing!
Matt Phelan’s visit coincided with our Lower School Book Fair where we highlighted his books, as well as our terrific book talk books, and our library wish list.