Thursday, February 16, 2017

World Read Aloud Day 2017

"Every year World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories."

Click on the picture below to learn more about WRAD17

Students at Steward School had the exciting opportunity to visit via skype with an author to help celebrate World Read Aloud Day 2017.

Kindergarten students enjoyed the stories of Sue Fliess from North Carolina. Sue read her new and funny rhyming book titled How to Trap a Leprechaun. The students enjoyed listening for the rhymes. Sue told the boys and girls that she got the idea for this book from when her own children were small and loved to build traps. The boys and girls asked very thoughtful questions and learned that Sue has written over 20 books.

First Graders visited with Michelle Edwards in Iowa who read her book, A Hat For Mrs. Goldman. We had a wonderful time talking about the characters. Michelle shared her writing room with the students and told them about her love of knitting. She even put on one of her own hats that she made for this book.

Second Graders had the pleasure of listening to author Denis Markell. After signing Hush, Little Baby to his son for years he decided to write Hush, Little Monster. He even sang this book to the students. Denis shared the fact that his wife Melissa is the illustrator for his book. she works upstairs and he works downstairs.

Third Grade students had a visit with Lauren Magaziner from Brooklyn, New York.  Lauren enthusiastically read chapter 2 from her newest book Pilfer Academy.  She explained to the students about the writing process and even shared the story of having to remove a character from her book after the publisher read the draft of the story. One student asked her how she found her funny words. Lauren answered that she pays attention to new words and even writes them down in a notebook. Her favorite funny word is "collywobble".

Thank you all the authors who shared their time with students for World Read Aloud Day. 
You have inspired us all!

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