Children’s author to visit Trinity School

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LEWISTON – Maine children’s book author Lynn Plourde will do presentations for students at Trinity Catholic Elementary on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

During grade-level assemblies, Plourde will present interactive readings of some of her picture books, such as “Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud,” “Wild Child” and “Pajama Day,” as well as sharing writing advice. Call Trinity Catholic Elementary at 783-9323 for more information,

Plourde’s first picture book, “Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud,” published in 1997, was illustrated by Caldecott medalist John Schoenherr and was selected as a School Library Journal 1997 Best Book and a 2006 Association of Booksellers for Children Best Books.

Down East Books brought “Pigs” back in print in 2006. Plourde’s other 2006 book was “Book Fair Day,” a humorous story illustrated by Thor Wickstrom. Her next book, “Dino Pets,” will be released this spring.

Plourde has had a total of 15 books published to date, including “Wild Child,” a 1999 Lupine Honor Book by the Maine Library Association and an American Booksellers Kids Pick of the Lists for one of the best picture books of 1999; “Snow Day,” a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; and “The First Feud,” an original fable about Mt. Katahdin.

Plourde also co-authored the guidebook “A Celebration of Maine Children’s Books,” with her husband, Paul Knowles, and she gives presentations about the newest Maine children’s books.

Plourde worked for 21 years as a Maine public school speech-language therapist and had 10 educational books for teachers published, including the “Classroom Listening and Speaking” series.

Learning activities and bookmarks are available on her www.lynnplourde.com Web site. Plourde is a Skowhegan native who lives in Winthrop with her family.

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