3 Feb 2016

Visiting Authors Coming Soon

Excitement is starting to build in our library as we get ready for our long-anticipated Visiting Authors celebration from March 13-24. Jacqueline Woodson and Steve Jenkins will soon be joining our community of readers and we can't wait! All of our students from K1-Grade 12, faculty, staff and parents will have the opportunity to learn from these amazing storytellers. Our elementary students are already busy reading their books in classrooms and in the library.

All of our Grade 5 students are currently reading Brown Girl Dreaming, actively participating in our One School, One Book experience. Students are engaging in meaningful discussions as they learn about Woodson's childhood through her memorable verse. In library class, students are digging in deep to specific poems in the book and comparing multiple picture books by Woodson. Grade 4 will begin Brown Girl Dreaming later this month.

Students in our lower grades have been pouring over the mesmerizing pages of Steve Jenkins vast collection of science books. Students have read several books in small groups, shared fascinating facts and found common, unique features and techniques in the books. Students in Grades 2-4 are also writing book reviews in Destiny Quest on their favorite Jenkins books.

Make sure you are ready for our authors' visit by reading as many books as you can! Please see one of the librarians to discuss how you can participate in One School, One Book by reading Show Way and Brown Girl Dreaming.

Check out these cool videos to learn more about our authors:

Watch Steve Jenkins process for researching, planning and creating his amazing animal illustrations out of cut paper collage.

Listen to Jacqueline Woodson talk about her thinking behind Brown Girl Dreaming and some discoveries she made about her family as she researched her past.

Purchase Books for Author Signing

We will have a wide range of Woodson and Jenkins books for sale in both libraries starting from Sunday, February 21. Prices range from AED 25 - 100 and both hardback and paperback books are available. You may purchase your books from library staff throughout the day. You may choose to label the book with your name and grade level and we will have the books signed by our visiting authors. We will then deliver the books to students' classrooms.

Keep in mind, our supply of books for sale is limited. If you really want a book, don't delay! You are also welcome to purchase books elsewhere and then bring them to the library to label and have signed. We will accept signing requests up until March 17.

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