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Author and Illustrator Create Sandy Hook Tribute

Monday, Feb 25, 2013  |  Updated 2:30 PM EDT
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Author and Illustrator Create Sandy Hook Tribute

The former Chalk Hill school in Monroe is now the new Sandy Hook Elementary School. Students returned to class on Thursday, the first day since the mass shooting in the former school last month.

The author of the children's book, "Sarah, Plain and Tall," is teaming up with an acclaimed illustrator for a tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook school shootings.

Random House Children's Books announced on Monday that it will publish the picture story "Snowflakes Fall," by Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan, a University of Connecticut graduate, and her longtime friend and former Newtown, resident, Steven Kellogg, who lived in Sandy Hook for 35 years before moving .

The book comes out Nov. 12, 2013 and will feature words and images about the Connecticut community where a gunman killed 20 elementary school students and six faculty members.

It is meant to inspire and support conversations between adults and young children about life, renewal, grief and memory.

"I wrote SNOWFLAKES FALL after Steven told me of his sadness and concern for his community, and children everywhere,” MacLachlan said in a statement. “This is a sadness that the world felt, and that I felt too. What brought us comfort was the idea of renewal and memory, and while writing every word of SNOWFLAKES FALL I thought about all children touched and affected by loss.”

The publisher will donate a portion of proceeds to an organization that helps the Sandy Hook community.

MacLachlan won the Newbery, given to the writer of the year's best children's book, in 1986 for "Sarah, Plain and Tall."
 

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