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The Little Read 2017

Dan Santat

The Littler Read 2017 Author

Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 12 noon

P.E. Monroe Auditorium

Dan Santat is an American author and illustrator known for his children's book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the 2015 Caldecott Medal for distinguished illustration. He also wrote The Guild of Geniuses and created the Disney Channel animated series The Replacements.



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Mission Statement

The primary goals and objectives of The Little Read are:  to provide a meaningful literacy and arts experience for the elementary teachers, students, and families in Catawba and Alexander County; to provide every 2nd grade student (2500)  in Hickory City Schools, Newton-Conover Schools, Catawba County Schools and Alexander schools with the own, personal copy of a book by Osborne;  to provide the participating teachers  unique and user-friendly curricular materials for Osborne’s books  that meet North Carolina Department of Education Course of Study guidelines; to provide Lenoir-Rhyne University Education majors the opportunity to work with experienced teachers to produce the curricular materials for Little Read teachers; to provide other programs at Lenoir-Rhyne , such as the theatre and music programs, with the opportunity to develop performances or exhibitions that emerge from their departmental course work and connect them with the elementary students and the general public in a professional setting.


Visiting Writers Series

2016-2017 Season:
NC Arts Council Literary Fellowship Series
William Stribling
Marlon James
Sarah Vowell
Marie Howe
Leslie Rindoks
Denise Kiernan
Dwayne Betts
Erik Larson
Dan Santat


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