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Eagles Great-turned-Author Shares His Story at Gladwyne

Eagles great Brian Westbrook was among the authors who visited Gladwyne Elementary School second graders during the week of May 1, 2023, for Authors' Week.

He was joined by his co-author, local TV sports reporter Lesley Van Arsdall. Van Arsdall and Westbrook wrote "The Mouse Who Played Football," the story of a perseverant mouse who stars in the "MFL," even after many coaches tell him he's too small to play, mirroring Westbrook's own life story. 

The students listened intently as the authors read the book and answered questions, showing their understanding of the book's message. Van Arsdall and Westbrook also answered questions from student interviewers, sharing insight on topics such as how long it took them to write the book and how many rewrites it took. Westbrook also shared that he owns horses and enjoys watching basketball as well as football and then posed for photos for students and staff (you can see those in the gallery below). 

Also during the week, students heard from authors Jeanette Fournier; Mary Kate Bolinder, author of "North America" and "Rainforests of the World;" Diana Rodriguez Wallach, author of "Small Town Monsters" and Jenna Beatrice, author of "The Loud Librarian." 


Van Arsdall and Westbrook share a hug when he arrives at the event
Brian Westbrook shakes hands with a second grade teacher
Students raise their hands showing they know who Brian Westbrook is
Leslie Van Arsdall laughs while introducing her son at the event
The two authors stand next to a podium
Leslie Van Arsdall gestures while speaking
Brian Westbrook smiles at the mic
Leslie Van Arsdall reads from the book
Students in their seats listen to the reading
Students in their seats listen during the book reading
Brian Westbrook reads from his children's book
Students listen during the authors' presentation
Students in their seats listen during the presentation
The authors, standing at microphones, discuss their book
A student in a Westbrook jersey listens to Westbrook reading
Gladwyne students listen in their seats as the authors read their book
Student interviewers line up to ask questions of the authors
An illustration from the book is shown on the screen during the reading.
Excited students raise their hands to answer a question asked by Brian Westbrook
The teacher holds the mic as a student interviews the authors
A student interviewer asks his question of the authors
Leslie Van Arsdall answers a student queston
A student interviewer asks his question
Brain Westbrook answers a student's question
An interviewer asks the authors a question
A second grader shares her interview question
The authors pose with the second graders who interviewed them
The authors pose with second graders who are wearing Eagles colors
A second grader interviews the authors
Teachers pose for a photo with the authors
The second grade teachers, authors and Principal Ellers pose for a photo
The authors pose with Principal Veronica Ellers
A class of second graders pose with the authors
Second graders pose with Brian Westbrook
A second grade class photo with the authors
Second graders pose for a photo with the authors
A second grade class poses with the authors
Westbrook poses with a teacher and her son.
Second graders pose for a photo with the authors.

Second graders pose for a photo with the authors.

Westbrook and Van Arsdall's book, The Mouse Who Played Football