LEWISTON – L/A Arts is sponsoring Maine children’s book author Lynn Plourde as author-in-residence at grade five at Montello School. Residency dates are March 20, 22, 27, 29, 31 and April 5.

Plourde is visiting students in their classrooms and helping them write fables. She will work with the students on how to get ideas, plan, write and revise. Parents are welcome to attend the sessions. Call Montello School at 795-4150 for more information.

In a separate L/A Arts’ residency on March 22, 27 and 31, the author will work with third-graders at Elm Street School in Mechanic Falls.

Plourde will begin with an interactive presentation, sharing her picture books, including “Pigs in the Mud” and “Wild Child.” Plourde will visit students in their classrooms and help them write stories. Parents are welcome to attend. Call Elm Street School at 345-3381 for details.

The L/A Arts’ Arts in Education Program has won national recognition for its excellence in programming, bringing artist educators into local classrooms to complement and enhance key curriculum elements through the arts. L/A Arts AIE is supported by the Betterment Fund.

After 13 years of writing children’s books, Plourde had her first picture book, “Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud,” published in 1997. It was illustrated by Caldecott-medalist John Schoenherr and was selected as a School Library Journal 1997 Best Book.

She has continued to author children’s books and also co-authored the guidebook, “A Celebration of Maine Children’s Books,” with her husband, Paul Knowles. Plourde has worked for 21 years as a Maine public school speech-language therapist and has had 10 educational books for teachers published, including the “Classroom Listening and Speaking “series.

Plourde is a Skowhegan native. She lives in Winthrop with her family.

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