Author Series

The JoAnn Chandler Mitchell Visiting Author Series 2014 – 2015

In 1987, former librarian and Derby parent, JoAnn Mitchell, proposed an author program to the Parents Association. Each year since then, with generous funding from the Parents Association and Derby Special Programs, outstanding authors and illustrators have visited Derby to share their work and inspire students to read, write, and imagine. For a complete list of authors and illustrators who have visited click here.

October 2, 2014 – Melissa Stewartmelissa

Massachusetts writer and researcher Melissa Stewart will visit Derby in October. She is a prolific nonfiction writer who uses her knowledge as a scientist to make the natural world come alive for students. She will present to Kindergarten through Grade 5. For more information:

November 13, 2014 – Skype with Adam Gidwitz adam2

In the past two years, Derby has used the ability to Skype with authors to provide additional author ‘visits’ for our students. This November we will Skype with Adam Gidwitz, author of the popular A Tale Dark and Grimm series.

December 2, 2014 – Poet and Performer Christopher Johnson

An internationally known Poetry Slam champion, Christopher is known for his constant christopher johnsonevolving style that without complaint, combines the experience discord of his past, the wisdom of now and the hope of the future to give voice to a universal message of human spark that connects us all. Using the intricate combination of academia, hip hop, traditional story telling, theater, and just plain old common sense, Christopher provides a soulful, uplifting experience guaranteed to move his audience  with his spoken word poetry. He is a Providence, Rhode Island resident and member of the Rhode Island State Council of the  Arts. 

February 25, 2015 – Children’s author/STEM educator Carolyn DeCristofano

Author of the acclaimed children’s book A Black Hole is Not a Hole and other titles, carolyn-decristofano.2012Carolyn DeCristofano is also a science educator and principal consultant with Blue Heron Educational Consulting. Previously, DeCristofano coordinated and taught educational programs at the Boston Children’s Science Museum.