Illustrator Katie Kath Visits GWU

Katie Kath

A well-known children’s book illustrator visited the campus of Gardner-Webb University to share insights with education majors, current teachers, and second-grade students in Cleveland County on April 27-28.

Katie Kath has illustrated several children’s and middle-grades books including the updated edition of the Dr. Seuss classic “Come Over to My House.” Her latest book, “My Kicks,” written by Susan Verde, was released on April 11. During her time at Gardner-Webb on April 27, Kath offered insights to pre-service teachers and teachers from Cleveland County Schools. On April 28, she talked to kids from the Cleveland County School system about potential careers in the arts. Teacher candidates from Gardner-Webb hosted literacy stations for the second graders following Kath’s lecture.

“By the underrepresentation of the arts in schools, kids are seeing a career in the arts less and less as a viable job option,” Kath explained. “I wanted the kids to know about what inspiration means and how I went from a child with a big dream to an adult with a career in book illustration.”

The event was co-sponsored by the GWU School of Education, the Cleveland Community College Educational Foundation, and the Cleveland County Partnership for Children.

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