Refugees in Children’s Books

10/27/2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts Center East
Address: 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066, USA

A presentation by Pegi Dietz Shea.

A two-time winner of the Connecticut Book Award, with books recommended by the International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of the Social Studies, American Library Association, Junior Library Guild, and other organizations, author and teacher Pegi Deitz Shea has published more than 400 articles, stories, poems, and books for readers of all ages. She specializes in diversity, history, and social justice fiction and nonfiction: Abe in Arms is about a former African boy soldier suffering from PTSD; child labor is the topic of The Carpet Boy’s Gift; refugee lives are featured in the picture book The Whispering Cloth, its middle-grade sequel Tangled Threads, and YA novel Stitch in Time; New England history and human rights are featured in The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story About Suffrage and in Noah Webster: Weaver of Words. Pegi teaches writing at the University of Connecticut, the Institute of Children’s Literature, and the Mark Twain House, and she has presented at more than 400 schools, libraries, and conferences. For more information, including teachers’ guides and writing workshops, please go to

Presentation: Thursday, October 27, 7:00 pm


Exhibit Dates: October 6 – October 29

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Suggested Donation: $5