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“Howdy” Rebecca Doughty!

“I really like to be by myself. That’s when I visit my imagination. It’s something that’s important about being an artist.”  Local author and illustrator Rebecca Doughty recently visited the second grade classrooms at the Kennedy Longfellow (K-Lo) elementary school.  When CSV’s Kasey Appleman, Director of K-8 Volunteer Programs, met Rebecca, she knew this volunteer would make for an exciting special presenter. Susan Moynihan, Library Media Specialist at K-Lo, agreed.  On Friday, May 12th, Rebecca talked about her process as an author and illustrator, read two of her books, and answered questions.

The students learned about Rebecca’s writing and design process. She starts with writing the text, aiming to rhyme, as in music lyrics. She then works on the illustration/drawing process in black and white. Finally, she adds color. “Sometimes less is more,” Rebecca told her audience.

She also shared that creating her books takes a lot of hard work and practice. “It’s okay to get frustrated, you just come back the next day and try again.”  Students were so excited to meet a real author and hear about her creative process.  Each student also received a signed copy of her book, “Before You” full of lively illustrations and fun metaphors.  Thank you Rebecca for a wonderful visit:  “You put the cozy in the nook. / You put the story in the book.”