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Children's author Andrea Beaty comes to SXU's Orland Park campus

Visit includes reading, lecture, book signing

Chicago (Jan. 29, 2007) – Children’s author Andrea Beaty will read from her book, When Giants Come to Play, and give a lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Saint Xavier University’s Orland Park campus, 18230 Orland Parkway. The events are free and open to the public.

Beaty’s visit includes a book signing of her charming tale of adventure ideal for readers 3 to 8 years of age. Parents and children are welcome.

“When I’m presenting to kids, I just want to have fun with them and celebrate books and imagination. Nobody knows how to do that better than kids,” Beaty said. 

When Giants Come to Play is about the adventures of Anna and the giants who come to spend a summer day playing catch by the gnarled oak, picking peaches on the hillside, and dangling their toes in the cool shady pond until their shadows grow long and sleepy.

Students and their parents from Orland School District 135’s K-3 schools have been invited to the reading and will make drawings of what might happen when giants come to play. Selected drawings will be on display at Saint Xavier’s Orland Park campus during Beaty’s visit.

“We are pleased that our students will be able to participate in this hands-on educational experience,” said Karen Udell, Orland School District 135 assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment. “It’s a great way to nurture a lifelong interest in reading and writing.”

Event organizer Wanda Manning, director of off-campus programs for Saint Xavier’s School of Education, agreed. “What better way to get kids interested in reading than by giving them the opportunity to hear an author read her own book. And the lecture provides the audience with a rare glimpse into the life of a children’s author.”

Beaty, a Naperville resident, grew up in a small town in southern Illinois and was one of six children. She studied biology in college and has been a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout leader. Her next book, Iggy Peck, The Architect, is due out in September. Other upcoming books include Doctor Ted and Cicada Summer, both due out in spring 2008; Firefighter Ted, due out in spring 2009; and Hush Baby Ghostling, due out in 2010. 

Beaty’s reading and book signing will take place at 4:30 p.m., and her lecture, titled “The Curious Life of an Author,” will be at 7 p.m. At the lecture, Beaty will discuss how her insatiable curiosity has influenced her outlook on writing and life.

“They say curiosity killed the cat. I think it just made him a better writer,” Beaty said. “I hope to share my insights on channeling my inner busybody with others who are interested in writing.”

For more information, call (708) 802-6200 or visit www.sxu.edu/orland_park/beaty.asp. The event is sponsored by Saint Xavier University, Orland School District 135, and Panera Bread in Frankfort.


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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