Written March 6, 2012
*trying to catch up on some missed posts...
Today, people all over the world celebrated the 4th annual WORLD READ ALOUD DAY. Our class recognized the day with a couple of special activities and talked about the importance of reading. We had a midmorning Mystery Reader visit from Sydney’s mom. She told us stories about growing up near her grandparent’s farm and her longing for a horse of her own. These stories were the perfect opening for the book that she selected. Mrs. S. whet the appetites of our readers with an excerpt from chapter one of The Little House on the Prairie. I think some readers added the novel to their Books-To-Read list.
Later in the day, we had a Skype visit with author, Leslie Bulion.
From her home office in Connecticut, she read a few poems to us and in between chatted and answered questions. Ms. Bulion told us about her longtime love affair with science and how research is a big piece of her life as a writer. She loves creating poems about unusual critters and the unique details that make people say, “GROSS!” Her current writing project is a book on body parts and she also hopes to publish a novel. The glimpse into the writerly life of Leslie Bulion fueled a room full of 4th grade writers and their teacher too! Many thanks, Leslie! Check out the LitWorld website for more information on the work they do to spread the importance of reading and the ways they help the 793 million people that cannot read. Shocking, but true!