GSB Welcomes New York Times Best-Selling Picture Book Illustrator

Stephen Savage, illustrator of the New York Times best-selling picture book Polar Bear Night, itself also named a New York Times best illustrated children’s book, spent Friday, October 4, at GSB. Coordinated by Lower and Middle School Librarian Lia Carruthers, Mr. Savage presented an exciting Lower School assembly and also worked with Upper School art students.
Through files that he shared prior to his visit, Walrus and Penguin stickers were given as gifts to the Lower School students, and the hallways were decorated with hand-colored pictures of Little Tug and Supertruck. According to Mrs. Carruthers, "He sent so many wonderful things in advance of his arrival, including the posters of The Babysitter from Another Planet, stickers, and coloring sheets. It was an assembly to remember."
Later in the morning, meeting with students in Sarah Isusi's Upper School Portfolio class, Mr. Savage taught them about analyzing the message of graphics through understanding color, composition, light, and shade. According to Mrs. Isusi, "Students were in awe of his talent and his willingness to share his 'artistic secrets' with them."
In thanking the faculty for their warm welcome of Mr. Savage, Mrs. Carruthers added, "He had a wonderful time and was very impressed by our wonderful students - both Lower School and Upper School. He cannot say enough about his visit."

Stephen Savage is also the recipient of three starred reviews for his creation of Where’s Walrus? He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
Autographed Books Available
A few extra copies of Mr. Savage's signed books are available for purchase on a first come, first served basis, including: Where's Walrus?, Where's Walrus and Penguin?, The Babysitter from Another Planet, Ten Orange Pumpkins, Polar Bear Night, and Polar Bear Morning. Please email Mrs. Carruthers directly if you are interested in a purchase at:
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