Gordon Berman ’68 Memorial Lower School Resident Author

Gordon Berman ’68 Memorial Lower School Resident Author

Our resident author program brings noteworthy authors and illustrators of children's books to the Park School each year for presentations and hands-on workshops with Lower School students. Dr. and Mrs. Barnett Berman established the fund in 1984 to honor their son Gordon, Class of 1968, who loved to read and spent many hours in the library.

The 2016-2017 Resident Author

BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND PARK ALUMNUS, ADAM GIDWITZ

 

Author of the bestselling children's books A Tale Dark and Grimm (2010), In a Glass Grimmly (2012), and The Grimm Conclusion (2013), Adam Gidwitz is a Park School graduate, Class of 2000. His fourth book, The Empire Strikes Back: So you Want to Be a Jedi? is his retelling of the iconic Star Wars film. His fifth and latest book, released September 27, 2016, is The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog. A medieval tale of adventure, the book has won rave reviews from major publishing journals. Newbery medalist Matt de la Pena called it “a profound and ambitious tour de force.”

A former teacher at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, N.Y., Adam drew inspiration from students who were enthralled by his reading of the original Grimms’ fairy tale stories. 

Adam will speak to Lower School students on April 13, 2017. Books can be ordered by clicking HERE.

Here are some reviews of The Inquisitor's Tale:

“Gidwitz strikes literary gold with this mirthful and compulsively readable adventure story. . . A masterpiece of storytelling that is addictive and engrossing.” —Kirkus, starred review

"Gidwitz is on fire here, making medieval history feel fresh and current.” —School Library Journal, starred review

"Gidwitz proves himself a nimble storyteller as he weaves history, excitement, and multiple narrative threads into a taut, inspired adventure.” —Booklist, starred review

“A well-researched and rambunctiously entertaining story that has as much to say about the present as it does the past.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Past Resident Authors

2016-17

Adam Gidwitz '00

2015-16

Kevin O’Malley

2013-14

Grace Lin

2012-13

Laura Amy Schlitz
Newbery Award Winner

2011-12

Jacqueline Ogburn

2010-11

Lynne Jonell

2009-10

Jerry Pinkney
Caldecott Award Winner

2008-09

Mo Willems

2007-08

Jean Craighead George
Newbery Award Winner

2006-07

Patrick O'Brien

2005-06

Robert Byrd

2004-05

Wendy Pfeffer

2003-04

Mordicai Gerstein
Caldecott Award Winner

2002-03

Alice McGill

2001-02

Hudson Talbott

2000-01

Nancy Patz

1999-00

Twig George

1998-99

Nancy Willard
Newbery Award Winner

1997-98

Demi

1996-97

Molly Bang
Caldecott Award Winner

1995-96

Mary Lyons

1994-95

Susan Roth

1993-94

Emily Arnold McCully
Caldecott Award Winner

1992-93

Bianca Lavies

1991-92

Johanna Hurwitz

1990-91

Ashley Bryan

1989-90

David Wisniewski
Caldecott Award Winner

1988-89

Vera Williams
Caldecott Award Winner

1987-88

Jean Craighead George
Newbery Award Winner

1986-87

Nancy Patz

1985-86

Ashley Bryan

1984-85

Molly Bang
Caldecott Award Winner