Tenacre offers a thriving Author's Program for its students, bringing in a variety of authors to speak with students. Listening to authors speak can provide inspiration for students when they hear how a successful author may have struggled with writing or reading as an elementary school student. These visits are made possible by both Tenacre's Enrichment Committee and Wellesley Books, which has been kind enough to “share” its authors with Tenacre.
Author visits in 2017-2018 included:
- Alan Gratz, an award-winning young adult author, who spoke to fourth, fifth, and sixth graders about Tenacre’s school theme of Respect and how it relates to the stories he writes
- Irish children’s author and illustrator P.J. Lynch, Ireland’s laureate for children’s literature
- Author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers, who signed books for all of his fans after his presentation
- Author Emily Jenkins, who has written 46 books for readers of all ages—from babies to adults
- Lauren Wolk, who was such an inspiration that Tenacre’s 456 Book Club chose her award-winning “Wolf Hollow” to read for its spring book
- Author and illustrator Lauren Castillo, the 2015 Caldecott Award-winner for “Nana in the City”
Parents always have the opportunity to buy autographed books personalized for their children, a wonderful part of the program.