Saturday, February 27, 2016

World Read Aloud Day Author Wrap-Up!

What is World Read Aloud Day without authors?! We were lucky enough to spend time with 5 amazing authors.
The Sneaky Penguins kicked off our World Read Aloud Skype visits with author and illustrator Deborah Freedman
We loved hearing her read her book The Story of Fish & Snail. The children were then able to ask questions which from ranged from, "Do you and Miss Johnstone know each other" (since we both have curly hair), to how do you get your ideas to which comes first for her, the pictures or the words. 
We also had a chance to see her sketchbook which was beyond cool. Learning how she makes 3-D clay models of her characters to help her with her drawing inspired the class to try that as well.
The Explorers had a chance to meet to Anne Marie Pace along with students in Athens, Georgia. We felt so incredibly special because she read us her newest book Pigloo which is about a pig who enjoys exploring. The Explorers were beside themselves that the book was about an explorer and their class name is The Explorers. What an amazing coincidence!
We had a chance to ask questions and found out that Pigloo is the book that has taken her the longest to write since she had the idea way back when she was in first grade! We also found out that she wrote Vampirina Ballerina after thinking about things that were complete opposites.
Na Lupe met author Katy Kelly. Who not only read from her book Lucy Rose: Here's the Thing About Me, but who explained to them why being a writer is the greatest job ever. She shared that she has been to places she would never have been able to visit if she wasn't a writer. 
We also had a chance to meet her assistant, her dog, and see how he freaks out whenever the mailman arrives. She played a game with us to get our ideas flowing and showed us how there is no such thing as a bad idea, those ideas can all lead us to something wonderful.
The Bees had an opportunity to meet Margie Palatini as well as some of Mrs. Gardner's students in Maryland. Heidi asked, "What was the first book that you wrote and how long did it take to get published?" We learned that it was Piggie Pie and that after she first wrote it, it was rejected several times so she put it away. When her son was three, she shared it with him and he was hysterical with laughter, requesting the story over and over again. She sent in back in and viola! It was turned into a book.

We are laughing hysterically as Margie read, Moo Who? to us. She's an amazing storyteller. We also got the inside scoop on Hilda Mae Heifer and how she had pictured in her mind to look like. 
The Dolphins and the Dragonflies had a chance to meet author Josh Funk. They have been going wild over his book Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, which lead to many breakfast related questions. 
The kids were so excited, fist and arm pumps included, when he read to a yet to be published book, Pirasaurs! They loved the rhyme of it and how the dinosaurs looked.

Thank you to all the authors who helped us celebrate World Read Aloud Day. You created amazing memories for the students and encouraged them to read and write. Thank you!

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