Award-winning author Sally M. Walker is this year’s presenter at Lewis University’s College of Education’s Annual Author Visit. The author of the Vowel Family and Fossil Fish Found Alive will begin the presentation at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 26 in the University Dining Room on the Main Campus in Romeoville. A book signing will follow at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Best known for her non-fiction juvenile literature, Walker recently had a book selected for the 2013 Illinois Reads program. That book, Shipwreck Search: Discovery of the H.L. Hunley, was written for students in grades 1 - 4. Another book Walker wrote about the same submarine, Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley, was given the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award in 2006.
Biographies of Jackie Robinson and Bessie Coleman are two of the titles in her Early Reader book list, aimed at readers in grades 1 - 4. Other subjects include a mystery fish, a search for dinosaurs, a shipwreck and a super croc.
Her most recent work, An Explosion of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917, was published in 2011. It tells the story of two ships that collided in Halifax Harbour. The resulting explosion flattened two nearby towns that were then further ravaged by a snowstorm the next day, hampering efforts for rescue.
Walker’s visit is co-sponsored by the Lewis University College of Education and the Will County Reading Council.
Fall author visits have been hosted by Lewis University’s College of Education for more than 20 years. “Typically, authors of children’s or adolescent literature are invited to introduce Lewis students to the real people making a living creating the literature that Lewis University graduates use when they teach students in the K-12 schools. The authors share insights into the craft of writing and the story behind the stories they have created. Students and faculty at Lewis have benefited from each author’s perspective on life and the creative process,” Dr. Deborah Augsburger, chairperson of the Department of Reading and Literacy, commented.
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