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Newborn Medalist, Kwame Alexander, visited Willis on 
May 10, 2016!

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including THE CROSSOVER, which received the John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children.  His other works include Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band (The 2014 Michigan Reads One Book Selection), and the YA novel He Said, She Said (a Junior Library Book Selection.)  The founder of two organizations, Book-in-a-Day and LEAP for Ghana, he regularly travels the world as a literacy advocate and expert.  Kwame has owned several publishing companies, written for stage and TV (TLC's "Hip Hop Harry"), recorded a CD, produced jazz and book festivals, hosted a radio show, and taught high school English.  In 2015, Kwame served as Bank Street College of Education's first writer-in-residence.  Visit him at KwameAlexander.com.


Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger visited Willis 5th graders on Wednesday, January 6, 2016!

Performance poets Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger will visit Willis 5th graders on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016!

Sara Holbrook is the author of fifteen poetry books for children, teens, and adults.  She is also the author of four books for teachers.  An acclaimed performer, she is a frequent speaker at state, national, and international teacher conferences and guest lecturer at schools and universities providing writing and speaking workshops for students and customized professional development courses for teachers, both in school settings and conferences.

Michael Salinger has been writing and performing poetry and fiction for over 25 years.  In this time he has become a fixture in the performance poetry and education community performing and teaching in over 200 cities in 35 countries. His work has appeared in dozens of literary journals published across the United Staes and Canada.  He has co-authored three professional books with his partner in rhyme, Sara Holbrook. 

Visit www.outspokenlit.com for more information about these partners in rhyme!

Michael Northrop visited Willis on Wednesday, October 21st!

Michael Northrop is the award winning author of the TombQuest Series - a multi-platform, epic Egyptian adventure!  A BIG thank you to Fundamentals Parent/Teacher Store for sponsoring this visit!

Visit www.michaelnorthrop.net for more information about Mr. Northrop and his books.


Author Brod Bagert visited Willis on May 18, 2015

Brod Bagert is the award-winning author of 17 books of poetry for children, young adults, and adults. His presentations are a theatrical "one-man show" full of energy and entertainment. Brod inspires and empowers students to write with voice, read with fluency, and become life-long lovers of poetry.  He brings the writing process to life with particular emphasis on the importance and "fun" of rewriting.

Visit www.brodbagert.com for more information about Mr. Bagert and his books!

Author Chad Morris visited Willis on March 26, 2015!

Chad is the author of the Cragbridge Hall series - brought to you by the same publishers as the super popularJanitors Series by Tyler Whitesides and the Fablehaven Series, Beyonders Series, and Five Kingdom Series by Brandon Mull.  A HUGE thank you to Fundamentals Parent/Teacher Store for sponsoring this visit!

Visit www.chadmorrisauthor.com for more information about Mr. Morris and his books.

New York Times Best Selling Authors Raina Telgemeier and Kazu Kibuishi visited Willis on October 28th, 2014!

Raina Telgemeier

Kaza Kibuishi

New York Times bestselling authors Raina Telgemeier and Kazu Kibuishi came to Willis on October 28th, 2014! 

Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, and Sisters, all New York Times bestsellers.  She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of the Ann M. Martin's Baby-sitters Club series.

Kazu Kibuishi is the writer and artist of the New York Times bestselling AMULET graphic novel series.  He is also the editor/art director/cover artist of the Explorer Comic Anthologies.

A huge thank you to Fundamentals Parent/Teacher Store for making this visit possible!

Visit www.goraina.com and www.boltcity.com for more information.


Author Shelley Pearsall visited Willis on May 9, 2014.

Visit www.shelleypearsall.com for more information.

Author Tyler Whitesides visited Willis on October 14, 2013 and September 11, 2014.

A BIG thank you to our friends at Fundamentals Parent/Teacher Store for bring Tyler Whitesides to Willis! 
Mr. Whitesides is the author of the Janitors series - a fast-paced, fantasy adventure about a secret Janitorial society with wizard-like powers.  
You may never look at
a mop the same way again!

Visit www.tylerwhitesides.com for more information!

2012-2013 School Year

Author Margaret Peterson Haddix Author visited Willis on May 6, 2013

Visit www.haddixbooks.com for more information!

2011-2012 School Year

Author Brandon Mull visited Willis on March 19, 2012

A BIG thank you to our friends at Fundamentals!

Brandon Mull, a New York Times Best Selling Author visited WIllis on March 19th!

Made possible by Fundamentals Parent Teacher Store, Brandon Mull presented to all Willis students.  Fundamentals also provided the opportunity for students to purchase books by Brandon Mull at a very reduced price.  

Visit www.brandonmull.com for book trailers, games, and author info!

Author Nancy Roe Pimm visited Willis on Thursday, May 3, 2012

Nancy presented to all Willis students and met with several small groups to discuss the writing process, gorillas and racing.  Thank you Ms. Pimm for a great visit!

Nancy Roe Pimm grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she rode buses and subways.  Cars were not important to her.  Little did she know that someday she would marry a race car driver, Ed Pimm.  Working in the pits with computers and stopwatches, Ms. Pimm learned first hand about the thrills and dangers of Indy racing.

Her books, The Indy 500 - The Inside Track and The Daytona 500 - The Thrill and Thunder of the Great American Race explore the history 
of two famous races.

Although her husband is a race car driver, Nancy is an animal enthusiast.  While working at the Columbus Zoo, she discovered her fascination with gorillas.  She shares her love of gorillas with her books The Heart of the Beast: Eight Great Gorilla Stories and Colo's Story: The Life of One Grand Gorilla.

Visit www.NancyRoePimm.com for more information!

2010 - 2011 - Author Shelley Pearsall visited Willis on May 5, 2011
2009 - 2010 - Author Dr. John E. Becker visited Willis on May 6 and 7, 2010
2008 - 2009 - Author Margaret Peterson Haddix visited Willis on May 12, 2009