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Three writers for children to speak with Moravian students

Scriptwriter of “Rugrats in Paris” movie joins two authors of children’s books

(Bethlehem, Pa.)—Three writers who specialize in works for children will speak to students at Moravian College in the coming weeks.

Barbara Herndon, who wrote and produced the popular Rugrats series for Nickelodeon TV and also wrote the script for the Rugrats in Paris and The Wild Thornberrys movies, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the Dog House of Zinzendorf Hall. Her talk is intended for writers who would like to work in television, as well as parents who would like to know how to assess children’s movies.

Laurie Halse Anderson, whose daughter, Stephanie, is a freshman at Moravian, will discuss her work at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the Dog House of Zinzendorf Hall. Anderson writes picture books for small children and works for elementary-age readers but is best known for Speak, a 1999 National Book Award finalist and a selection of many librarians for their middle-school and high-school reading lists. A film based on Speak is scheduled for release this year. Anderson’s visit is sponsored by the Zinzendorf Society, Moravian’s literary club.

Catherine McCafferty, the third speaker, is a children’s librarian at Bethlehem Public Library. Before she entered the library field, she was an editor for Disney’s Licensed Publishing. She has written for Disney Adventures, Highlights for Children, and McGraw Hill’s leveled readers. Her writings for Disney include the book versions of The Little Mermaid, Joseph: Prince of Egypt, and The Search for El Dorado. She will speak to a class on “Writing Fiction for Children and Young Adults,” taught by Paul Acampora, on April 19, 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Paul Acampora, (610) 625-7910, or Joyce Hinnefeld, (610) 861-1392.