Reading Globally: Primary Source Hosts Special Author Event

02 April 2014

Anne Sibley O'Brien and Margy Burns KnightTo kick off our 25th anniversary year of events, we were thrilled to welcome author Margy Burns Knight and author/illustrator Anne Sibley O'Brien on March 31st, two artists and collaborators who thrive on creating global literature that celebrates cultural differences. They shared their new book Talking Walls: Discover Your World, a fabulous update to its award-winning predecessors Talking Walls and Talking Walls: The Stories Continue. Extensively researched and beautifully illustrated, this new edition continues to explore the history and culture behind our world's walls while offering added insight on the countries and the people that live there.

Setting the tone for the evening was Primary Source Librarian and Global Literacy Specialist Jennifer Hanson who kicked off the event with a discussion on the role of global literature in schools and at home and how to effectively use global and multicultural books to expand children's worldviews.

With warmth and humor, the authors then shared defining moments from their childhoods, detailing how their life experiences became the basis for their writing. "When we begin writing a novel, we start where kids are, and then we build bridges and a sense of connection." says Anne. "Through our work, we strive to view differences through the lens of commonalities."

The evening concluded with a book signing reception that gave educators and other Primary Source supporters the opportunity to meet the authors and mingle, a fitting culmination to a wonderful event. "The more we learn about our neighbors and ourselves across the street or across the globe," says Margy, "The more we find points of connection."



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