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Picture Book Hour: John Schu and Veronica Miller Jamison

Picture Book Hour: John Schu and Veronica Miller Jamison

Saturday, April 02, 2022 - 1:00PM ET
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Join us for a reading of This Is a School with picture book author John Schu and illustrator Veronica Miller Jamison, followed by an art demonstration and Q&A!

Books purchased on the registration page include bookplates signed by the author and make perfect gifts for our classroom heroes, during April's Teacher Appreciation Month!

About Author John Schu, Illustrator Veronica Miller Jamison & the Book!

A moving celebration of school and all it may signify (work and play, creativity and trust, and a supportive community that extends beyond walls) by John Schu, renowned school librarian and children’s literature expert and influencer, with gorgeous illustrations by Veronica Miller Jamison, illustrator of the highly acclaimed A Computer Called Katherine.

A school isn’t just a building; it is all the people who work and learn together. It is a place for discovery and asking questions. A place for sharing, for helping, and for community. It is a place of hope and healing, even when that community can’t be together in the same room. John Schu, a librarian and former ambassador of school libraries for Scholastic, crafts a loving letter to schools and the people who make up the communities within in a picture book debut beautifully illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison.

John Schu has been long admired in children’s literature and literacy circles for his advocacy of books and reading. He hosts a popular blog, Mr. Schu Reads, which averages 3 million+ impressions per month, and speaks internationally about the impact of books and reading on young readers.

This Is a School is the best kind of first-experiences picture book, exuding the joy and excitement of school and being in the classroom, especially when read aloud. It is a perfect book for garnering enthusiasm when children are returning to the classroom, or as a gift for educators and school professionals who shape the lives of children every day.

John Schu is the creator of the popular blog Mr. Schu Reads ( He has been the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and a classroom teacher and school librarian. He has visited schools all over the world and has met with over 130,000 students, teachers, and administrators as he advocates for the people and things he cares about most: kids, books, schools, and the libraries—and librarians—that connect them. This Is a School is his picture book debut. John Schu lives in Naperville, Illinois. You can find him at and on social media @MrSchuReads

Veronica Miller Jamison is an illustrator and pattern designer whose clients include Essence magazine, Lilly Pulitzer, and Hallmark. A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Slade was her acclaimed debut picture book. She graduated from Howard University and previously worked as a producer for NPR. Veronica Miller Jamison lives in Philadelphia. You can visit her online at and on Instagram @veronicajamisonart.