Jeanette and Christopher Canyon didn’t have to travel far from their home to visit the Bucyrus Elementary School Oct. 20. The Canyons live and work from their historic home studio in Columbus, bringing words to life for children’s books through their artistic gifts.
While the husband and wife duo are both children’s book illustrators, each has their own set of unique abilities. The Canyons showed students their different works utilizing a slideshow and music.
“As creators of children’s books we are dedicated to providing engaging, educational, and entertaining programming to promote literacy & the arts,” said Jeanette. “Our presentations take students on an informative and imaginative journey as we share our creative processes of illustrating stories and picture books.”
Elementary students prepared for the Canyons visit by decorating classroom doors throughout the building. Students led the Canyons on a tour of the building to showcase their work.
“We were very impressed by how the students were familiar with our books and songs,” said Christopher. “The door decorations were wonderful, and the overall kindness the staff and students showed us was incredible.”
The Canyons visit was made possible by support from the Bucyrus Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). Each year, the PTO works diligently throughout the school year to raise funds to support these kinds of student-centered activities.
“Our teachers do a fabulous job preparing our students for author visits every year,” said Diane Kaple, Elementary School librarian. “Our students were very attentive and really enjoyed the Canyons presentation.”