Shanghai American School Hosts Award Winning Authors
Shanghai American School (SAS) was delighted to host poet and educator, Kwame Alexander and Todd Parr, artist and author. At each SAS campus, the authors devoted a full week with individual classes, sharing their crafts and beliefs about literature and its impact on people.
Kwame Alexander, recently awarded with the 2015 John Newberry Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children, held workshops with students. He believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his Book-in-a-Day literacy program which has created more than 3,000 student authors at 69 schools across the US, Canada and Caribbean.
Todd Parr has created over 30 children’s books, combining his vibrantly illustrated art with meaningful messages for younger children about love, kindness, self-acceptance, acceptance of others and care for the world. Winner of a variety of awards, including Parent’s Choice Award, Mr. Parr shared with SAS Elementary students how he followed his passion for art and eventually was able to combine his talents of art and writing, focused on “making the world a better place.”
The messages of “having the courage to follow one’s dreams “, “embracing diversity” and “acting with compassion and generosity of spirit creating a better world,” conveyed by the authors, resonated well with SAS’s core values.