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Author & Illustrator Stephen Savage visits BC

Filed in Eagle, Hamagrael, Slingerlands by on March 28, 2018

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On Tuesday, March 27, and Wednesday, March 28, Author and Illustrator Stephen Savage paid a visit and presented to Hamagrael grades K-2, Slingerlands grades K-1 and Eagle grades K-5.

During his presentation at Hamagrael, Savage discussed how using illustrations as words can be very powerful and can help tell universal stories just like in his “Where’s Walrus?” books. He even got Principal K and Ms. Held to sport some hats and help the kids read a gigantic version of “Where’s Walrus? And penguin.”

Savage also talked about the process he goes through to illustrate and write his books, and about where he gets his inspiration from. He quickly suggested “everywhere.” Specifically, he spoke about how he got the idea for “Supertruck” from watching a garbage truck in New York City. Savage believes that though his job takes a lot of work, it also takes a lot of imagination, which he believes to be the best part.

“My work is play,” said Savage. “My wish for everyone is that they find something that doesn’t feel like work but feels like play.”

Savage is the author and illustrator of 9 books for children, including the New York Times bestselling picture book “Polar Bear Night”, written by Lauren Thompson. He is the creator of the “Where’s Walrus?” books, “Supertruck,” and “Little Tug.” Savage is the recipient of a New York Times Best Illustrated Book award, a Sendak Fellowship, an ILA Primary Fiction Award, and a Geisel Honor award.

In addition to his success as an children’s author/illustrator, his editorial illustrations have appeared in dozens of major newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. When Savage is not illustrating or writing, he teaches at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

For more information on Stephen Savage and his work visit his website here.