Using sketches, dummy books, original paintings, and proofs, Kevin Hawkes walks students through the steps of creating a picture book. He covers everything from how to get ideas for stories to how to help students’ create more interesting illustrations. Students also learn how to draw their ideas and edit them. During the presentation, Kevin will make drawings that he leaves at the school. Mr. Hawkes’ humorous presentation is very interactive. Don’t miss his website! It will give you a sense of his expansive imagination, use of vivid colors, and his playful humor.

Mr. Hawkes is the author and illustrator of the Wicked Big Toddlah. He has illustrated many books including Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, Weslandia by Paul Fleischman and Velman Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison. The latter includes butterfly migration and metamorphosis.


The Creative Arts and Sciences (CAS) implements curricular-related programs at elementary and middle schools in Newton. The PTOs at each school fund these programs. The programs align with Newton curricula, the Massachusetts’ curricular frameworks, system-wide goals, and core values. Programs enhance Art, English/ Language Arts, History, Social Studies, Music, Physical Education, and Science curricula.

Learn more about other programs coming to Cabot this year here.