Meet the Authors Live!

6:30–8:00pm | All ages | Zoom | Register for Zoom link

Once again, CDL is pleased to host award-winning authors for children and teens! This year, Newbery Honor-winning author Kirby Larson and Alyssa Satin Capuccilli, author of the beloved Biscuit series for beginning readers, team up via Zoom to discuss all things writing and books! Have you ever wondered what the writing process is like for a published author? How do they develop characters and setting? What’s it like writing for very young children, versus writing for tweens and teens? Here’s your chance to find out! Come ready with your questions about reading and writing for this very special community event!

NEW this year! The challenges of coordinating Authors in Chelsea this year also led to an incredible opportunity for the library to purchase a book for every Chelsea student in Young 5’s through 6th grade. Students will receive their books through school. Not a Chelsea School District student and need help finding an Authors in Chelsea book? Call 734-475-8732 x.219 or email ref@chelseadistrictlibrary.org.

Read the books!

Kirby Larson ebooks on Overdrive/Libby
Kirby Larson audiobooks on Hoopla
Alyssa Satin Capucilli read-along ebooks on Hoopla

Meet the 2021 lineup!

Every year, Authors in Chelsea endeavors to bring in authors that are engaging for both children and educators alike. Our goal is to encourage children to explore the art and craft of writing in order to better read and appreciate literature and explore the “power of writing.” Through close personal contact with award-winning authors, students work to improve their creative writing and reading skills and be inspired to excellence.

Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Photo of Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the author of over 100 books for young readers including Biscuit, the popular bestseller used to launch the My First I Can Read series from HarperCollins. Once a professional dancer, Alyssa’s love of dance is embodied in her series, Katy Duck. Alyssa is the recipient of numerous awards including the Washington Irving Award, the Garden State Award, the Bank Street College Best Book Award, the Oppenheim Portfolio Gold Award, and the American Library Association Award. Find out more by visiting Alyssa’s website. All students from Young 5’s to 2nd graders at North Creek Elementary School will watch a pre-recorded presentation from Alyssa, followed by a live Q&A session for each classroom!

Kirby Larson

Photo Image of Kirby Larson

Kirby Larson will be Zooming into South Meadows Elementary School to give presentations to all students in grades 3–5, while 6th graders at Beach Middle School will be able to access to a pre-recorded interview. Kirby focuses on historical fiction and has written more than 25 books for children and teens including the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky. Some of her other books include Dash (recipient of the Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Prize), Duke, Liberty, and Code Word Courage from the Dogs of WWII series; Audacity Jones to the Rescue; and Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle. When she’s not traveling the world in search of a new story to tell, Kirby calls Kenmore, Washington, home. More information about Kirby can be found here.

2021 Events

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Authors in Chelsea – Meet the Authors Live!

The whole community is invited to meet our 2021 Authors in Chelsea as they chat about writing, finding inspiration and new ideas, and so much more. Come ready with questions! This event will take place via Zoom.

6:30–8:00pm | All ages | Zoom | Register for Zoom link

March 16-17

Photo of Dori Hillestad Butler at North Creek Elementary

In the Classroom

During the school day, Chelsea students in grades K-6 (including Young 5’s) will attend online presentations with the authors.

Click on each author’s name to visit their websites for teacher resources and more information.

North Creek ElementaryAlyssa Satin Capucilli
South Meadows Elementary and Beach Middle SchoolKirby Larson

Learn about the History of Authors in Chelsea

Every year, Authors in Chelsea endeavors to bring in authors that are engaging for both children and educators alike. Over the years, a wide variety of writers have been invited to Chelsea, including award-winning authors Jennifer Holm, Kenneth Oppel, Gary Schmidt, Nancy Shaw, and many others! Click here to discover more about past Authors in Chelsea.

Special Thanks to the following organizations for their support of this program.