Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Author as Rock Star

     It is important to guide children to choose positive role models and that is what made the author Skype with Chris Grabenstein such a wonderful event for our fourth graders. Chris is a funny, engaging personality who writes books our kids LOVE! What a great person for our students to look up to and celebrate.
     Fourth grade was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to Skype with author Chris Grabenstein on Monday, February 8. He has written several children’s books including Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and The Island of Dr. Libris.
     We were extremely lucky to be able to snag a known author to Skype with, and prepared our kids by reading aloud both of the above books prior to the Skype session.
     When the time came to Skype, our students were brimming with questions for the author. They asked him how he got the ideas for his books, they wanted to know what the inspiration was for several characters, how he named characters, when he knew he was going to be a writer, what his writing process was, and on. Chris told them about how stories needed rising conflict and resolution (it was almost like we had prepped him ahead of time on our writing curriculum!)

     The students loved talking to Chris, and several followed up a few weeks later and went to meet the author when he made a visit to Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. 

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