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Author/Illustrator Kathryn Otoshi Visits Holmes Elementary

Students meet author

Holmes Elementary School celebrated the work of acclaimed author and illustrator Kathryn Otoshi on Nov. 8 with an author visit and visual art exhibition.

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade spent the previous two months of school focused on the themes of Otoshi’s nationally acclaimed work including character building and the encouragement of strong character traits.

The literature-rich program was a collaboration between school librarian Kimberly Conrad and art teacher Diane Shaefer. The study of Otoshi’s most recent books, "One," "Zero," "Two," "Beautiful Hands," and "Draw the Line," required students to explore their personal values, empathy for others, and leadership.

The months-long program culminated with the painting of a tree in the school foyer, including hand prints from every student, modeled after Otoshi and Bret Baumgarten’s book Beautiful Hands. Ms. Otoshi added her signature quote “Reach high!” to the mural.

Student artwork

Tree mural inspired by the book "Beautiful Hands"

Student artwork

Student artwork inspired by the book "Zero"

Author signing wall art

Author/illustrator Kathryn Otoshi signs the mural

Students in gym

Students enjoy an engaging assembly led by author/illustrator Kathryn Otoshi