Friday, September 21, 2012

Author Jennifer L. Holm

Every Friday I invite an author or an educator to finish my sentences. I'm thrilled that fourth-grade teacher and reading activist Mr. Colby Sharp agreed to tell us about three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm's visit to his school. 

I wrote the words in red, and Colby wrote the words in black. Thanks, Colby! 

*My students prepared for Jennifer L. Holm’s author visit by reading her books, reading and discussing her Nerdy Book Club post, checking out her website, and having some fun on the Pinterest page Mr. Schu created for Babymouse.

*Jennifer told my students that they should never stop doodling. They really liked that:)

*I overheard one of my students say "I think Jenni Holm likes Mr. Sharp almost as much as she likes him."

*My students will always remember how Jenni made them feel like the most important readers in the whole world. She took the time to look each one of them in the eye and show them that they mattered. I think that my students left the day feeling like Jenni Holm was a fan of each one of them.

*When kids meet an author face-to-face they get a chance to see that they are “real” people just like them. My students thought Jenni Holm had to visit the grocery store in disguise so that she wouldn’t get mobbed, and that she was going to pull up in a Lamborghini. 


*Reading is growing. One of my all-time favorite quotes is by Charles Jones:"You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read."


*Mr. Schu, you should have asked me about the title of Babymouse 18. My students flipped out
when Jenni told them. I guess since you didn’t ask, I shouldn’t tell...

Borrow Jennifer L. Holm's books from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.

1 comment:

  1. I love these trailers! And I love that Mr. Sharp and his students got to have such a memorable time with Jennifer Holm! I wish YOU could've been there TOO, Mr. SCHU! :)