Thursday, March 15, 2012

A visit with a Newbery Honor Author Cynthia Lord

We were so, so, so thrilled to spend today with author Cynthia Lord.  The kids (and I) have been eagerly awaiting this day for months and we've been reading her books for weeks!

Cynthia is a unique and special author in both her talent and her kindness.  This fall she posted a note on the Maine Librarians' list-serv offering to visit two schools in Maine for free.  All we had to do was email her our interest (and of course I hit "reply" instantly when I read her message!) and she would choose two lucky winners.  Well, on Thanksgiving day she chose six winners... and we were one of them!  I was equal parts ecstatic and awed by her generosity (you can read more about the selection process here in this blog entry).

In preparation for her visit, our older kids read her two chapter books, Newbery Honor winner Rules and Touch Blue, while the younger kids absolutely adored Hot Rod Hamster and Happy Birthday, Hamster.  We learned about the four critical ingredients to becoming an author today: read, write, learn and dream!  It was an extraordinary experience for our students (and staff) to meet an award winning author and to be able to ask her questions.  

Our K-2 students LOVED Cynthia Lord's Hamster books.

The staff was excited about Cynthia's visit as well.

The 2nd graders designed their own hot rods in honor of Hot Rod Hamster.

The 1st and 2nd graders made cupcakes to wish Hamster a happy birthday.

The 4th and 5th graders loved hearing about how Rules and Touch Blue came to be.

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