Spending the day with a famous children's author---What could be better than that? Well something even more amazing was happening all around me. "Standing room only" and children, children, everywhere! Somehow I managed to invite 400 students accompanied by teachers, family, and friends that came out to support our LOVE of reading! Being President of the best literacy organization in town sure is fun!
|This was our first session of upper grade students! Packed house indeed!|
|This was our second session of primary students and proud teachers!|
|Denise shared these story board illustrations from her first published book, "Buzzy the Bumblebee".|
|Denise talked about process and form with illustrations.|
|Denise used her arm BEE puppet to tell the story of Buzzy!|
|Look at these precious faces! They love the BEE puppet!|
|Denise invited teachers to use 5 yellow and black pipe cleaners to design their very own Bumble Bee finger puppet! These were GREAT and I can't wait to try this with the kids!|
Here is Denise reading aloud "Buzzy the Bumblebee" to the audience!
|Denise has a whopping 14 books published! |
Coming Soon: "He's Been a Monster All Day"
My FAVORITE PICKS by Mrs. Nelson:
Denise also presented to a group of teachers later in the day and she had a very powerful tool with her... Perhaps her secret weapon to her success and motivation. Take a look down below. All of those journals belong to Denise. Her lifetime collection of memories. Her favorite is the old & delicate green journal on top, wrapped neatly in a polka-dot ribbon. This journal belonged to her grandmother and was started in the 1930's.
I could feel my heart begin to swell as I made an instant connection with Denise's message. Time may fade away, but the power of our written words last forever! Reading and writing are gifts to us all.
Denise went on to say that we can't expect our students to understand the "Why do I really have to write this?" until we, as parents & teachers, give them the motivation and inspiration that only comes from picking up a pen ourselves and modeling each and every day with a tone of excitement, anticipation, and suspense that lingers through the pages of our written words.
How do you intend to leave your mark?
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Often times we cannot always give from our wallets, but we can give our most precious gifts:
volunteering our time and our talents to promote literacy in local communities!