Chris Van Dusen, author and illustrator of If I Built a Car, visited the Swan’s Island Library as part of the Book and Author Program on Aug.15. Van Dusen presented his stories and his illustrations to an audience of over 20 children and their parents.

Van Dusen showed the audience how books are made, and read some of his stories to the children, including Down to the Sea with Mr. McGee. The children asked questions and shared their own stories with the author.

Van Dusen also explained his illustrations to the children and the adults, who learned he had also provided the illustration for the newest Maine lobster plate.

— Siobhan Ryan