Kittery author visits Cushing, Thomaston schools

Mar 23, 2014
Author Ryan Higgins visits with Thomaston students during Read Across America week.

Ryan T. Higgins is an author and illustrator living in Kittery, with his wife and two children. His books include "Twaddleton’s Cheese," "Wilfred," and "Up With Roger."

Higgins recently visited students at both Cushing Community School and Lura Libby School.

He shared that he does most of his drawing with the computer, but admits he still likes pencil and paper drawings and often scans pictures he has drawn into his computer. He drew a picture for each group with their input; a character created from a combination of a few animals. In the end, all children were given a picture of their group’s character to color for themselves.

Higgins talked mostly about his newest book, "This Book Does Not Have Words." He explained how he wrote it and drew the characters. He talked to the students about how important it is to edit and revise their stories to make them better and explained that he averages about 50 revisions.

He noted that he used to be a regular kid, just like the students. Yet, he always loved drawing and writing. He just got better and better by working on these drawings and writing pieces at home during his free time. He encouraged students to make books of their own.

He was greeted by one student with, “I love your book!” Even though most students had listened to the book in library classes and classrooms, they really enjoyed listening to Higgins read it as the pictures appeared up on the white board. Higgins said they could always take his book out of the school library and can listen to it on his website. He mentioned that there is another book to listen to on the website, too, and students excitedly said that they were definitely going to find that!

Higgins shared his ideas for his next book and the students gave him more suggestions. One group encouraged him to write a novel. He shyly admitted that he had one in mind and hoped to do that one day.

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