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Something Wonderful is Happening in Warner
Jim Mitchell

MainStreet Warner Literacy Day

On May 4, 2017, we were honored to have best selling children's book author Jim Arnosky as our "author-in-residence".

MainStreet Warner Literacy Project

This has become an endearing tradition between MainStreet Warner, Inc. and the community elementary school. Initiated in 2005 during Simonds School “Turn-off-your-TV” Week, local children’s authors and/or illustrators have visited the children to discuss their work and their motivation. These children receive exposure to excellent writers and artists, the pride of knowing that these are people who live in Warner or nearby, and that through their work have affected the lives and literacy of children across the country. Past authors-in-residence that have visited the students include David Carroll, David Elliott, Lucinda McQueen, Jack Noon, Steven Kellogg, Maxine Kumin, Barry Moser and Mary Lyn Ray. Each year the focus changes a bit, but the children become well-versed in the books from each author, as the older students read to the younger, and then have the opportunity to meet and converse with the author.

Jim Arnosky

Best selling children’s author, was the “author-in-residence” for the annual MainStreet Warner Literacy Project at Simonds Elementary School. On Thursday, May 4, he met the students from the kindergarten through fifth grades in the school’s Jim Mitchell Library. After discussing his writing process through songwriting and poetry, illustrating some animals, and answering the students’ questions, each child received a copy of one of his autographed books. The Literacy Project is organized through MainStreet Warner, Inc, with the generous support this year from the Warner Men’s Club, the Simonds PTO, the Nancy Sibley Wilkins Trust Fund, individual donors, and MainStreet BookEnds of Warner.
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Jim Arnosky is the renowned children’s book author and illustrator of more than 150 children’s books about the natural world. Some of his most beloved books include Jim Arnosky’s Wild World, Frozen Wild, Otters Under Water, Raccoon on His Own, Thunder Birds, Rabbits & Raindrops, and All About Manatees. He is also a musician and composer of many children’s songs, and a poet. From Vermont, he has been awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in science illustration. He is self taught in writing, art and the natural sciences, and has received the Christopher Medal, the Orbis Pictus Honor, the ALA Gordon Award, several Outstanding Science book awards from the National Science Teachers Associations, and was honored with the Franklin Fairbank Award for being Vermont's foremost creative guide to nature lore. Jim's fishing books are included in the International Game and Fishing Association Hall of Fame Library.
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Jim Mitchell "Local Hero" Book Award

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Initiated in 2009, this award is given annually to one boy and one girl finishing the fifth grade from Simonds Elementary School, who has demonstrated over their time in the school what it means to be a good citizen, a good friend, and show compassion toward others through acts of kindness and thoughtfulness, with no expectation of reward or recognition. This was how Jim Mitchell lived his life, setting the example for all of us of working together to make wonderful things happen for others. The student receives a commemorative copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, and their name is engraved on a perpetual plaque displayed in Simonds’ Jm Mitchell Library to always recognize your achievements in caring about and for others, Simonds School's own "Local Heroes".
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Hayleigh Battles (holding plaque) and with Jacob Fisher, 2012 recipients

2009 Emily Collins and Riley Antle
2010 Tess Witmer and Andrew Shampney
2011 Nastassja Sicely and Samuel Lick
2012 Hayleigh Battes and Jacob Fisher
2013 Isabelle Mann and James Donahue
2014 Quinn Antle and Travis Kane
2015 Bella Wilson and Brennan Herr
2016 Anna Lick and Troy Madigan


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Warner, NH 03278
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