Willowbrook School's Author Visits Postponed Until Further Notice

Willowbrook School's Author Visits Postponed Until Further Notice

Due to recommendations of social distancing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health, the author visits are postponed until further notice. Watch for updates at www.district30.org

Fourth and Fifth-Graders To Welcome Author Rob Harrell on April 2

Author Rob Harrell, who wrote the book "Wink", will be visiting the fourth and fifth-graders at 9:00 a.m., on Thursday, April 2.

A Description of Mr. Harrell's book "Wink"

Ross Maloy just wants to be a normal seventh-grader. He doesn't want to lose his hair, or wear a weird hat, or deal with the disappearing friends who don't know what to say to "the cancer kid." But with his recent diagnosis of a rare eye cancer, blending in is off the table. Based on Rob Harrell's real-life experience, and packed with comic panels and spot art, this incredibly personal and poignant novel is an unforgettable, heartbreaking, hilarious, and uplifting story of survival and finding the music, magic, and laughter in life's weirdness.

Second and Third-Graders to Welcome Author Derrick Barnes on April 7

Author Derrick D. Barnes, who wrote the book "Who Got Game? Baseball", will be visiting with second and third grade Willowbrook students at 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 7.

A Description of Mr. Barnes' book "Who Got Game?! Baseball"

This book celebrates the unheralded, unrecognized, and forgotten -- but no less remarkable -- people and stories that are integral to the history of the game.

Derrick D. Barnes, winner of the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for outstanding new writer, is a star in the young adult and children's literary world. His picture book, "Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut," won four honors at the 2018 American Library Association's Youth Media Awards, including the Coretta Scott King Author Honor.

Now comes his first nonfiction book (and the first in a sports series), where he shines a spotlight on 45 fascinating baseball records, personalities, and anecdotes rarely mentioned in popular baseball lore. Like John "Bud" Fowler, William Edward White, Moses Fleetwood Walker, and Weldy Walker--four African Americans who integrated white teams decades before Jackie Robinson. Or Jackie Mitchell, the 17-year-old girl who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Plus inglorious records, including the longest pro game ever played (8 hours and 25 minutes) and Hughie Jennings, known for being hit by the most pitches in a season (51). With its lively full-color illustrations, this is a fantastic gift for any kid who loves baseball.