Newbery Honor-Winning Author Meets with Viewpoint Lower and Middle School Students

This year, the Viewpoint Libraries were the recipients of the Association of Independent School Librarians Vision to Reality Award.  This award will fund the Viewpoint libraries’ year-long program “Every Picture Tells a Story,” which will highlight authors who use graphic novels and illustration to tell diverse stories.

Viewpoint School's Fletcher Family Library and Benjamin Franklin Library were pleased to host two virtual visits with award-winning author Victoria Jamieson.

Victoria Jamieson is the creator of All's Faire in Middle School and the Newbery Honor Book Roller Girl. Her collaboration with Omar Mohamed, When Stars are Scattered, was named a 2020 National Book Award Finalist. She received her BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and worked as a children's book designer before becoming a freelance illustrator. Her best-selling books have been highly popular with our students.

Ms. Jamieson spoke about the process she uses to create and draw her colorful graphic novels.  Her visual presentation highlighted the true life images she used to illustrate When Stars are Scattered, which is the story of Omar Mohamed’s experience living in a refugee camp in Kenya. She inspired students to consider using their personal stories to create illustrated books, and she demonstrated simple techniques that allowed students and faculty to create their own comic illustrations.

Ms. Jamieson’s books are available in-store and online at the Viewpoint School Book Fair at Barnes & Noble in the Calabasas Commons. For more information about the fair, and about Ms. Jamieson, please visit our book fair guide.