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Award-Winning Author/Illustrator Matt Phelan visits Gladwyne

Author and illustrator Matt Phelan recently visited Gladwyne Elementary School to speak to students about his books, career path and creative process in an engaging assembly in the Wolves’ auditorium.

Phelan, who lives in Ardmore, is an award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator of picture books, middle-grade novels and graphic novels for young readers.

He has received the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction (The Storm in the Barn), the Carolyn Field Award (Around the World and Snow White), the Jefferson Cup (Bluffton), and has been nominated for five Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including best writer/artist and best new graphic album for Bluffton. In 2014, Matt was awarded the Free Library of Philadelphia/Drexel University Children's Literature Citation.

In addition to his own books, Matt has illustrated many books by renowned authors including Flora's Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, Marilyn's Monster by Michelle Knudsen, Xander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, and The Higher Power of Lucky (winner of a Newbery Medal) by Susan Patron.

To see images from Phelan's time at Gladwyne, click through the slideshow below!

Author Matt Phelan poses for a picture with students and a few of his publications
Author Matt Phelan is introduced prior to his presentation at Gladwyne
Phelan talks about his childhood as he shows a picture of his younger self
Author Matt Phelan speaks to students at Gladwyne
A pair of students in the crowd
Author Matt Phelan speaks to students at Gladwyne
Author Matt Phelan speaks to students at Gladwyne
Author Matt Phelan speaks to students at Gladwyne