Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Terrific Tuesday with Tad Hills

My students and I love hosting authors and illustrators in our library. You can feel the excitement and positive energy bouncing around the building. 

How did WE prepare for Tad Hills' visit, you ask? 

 *WE read all of Tad's books. 

*WE engaged in activities that helped us better understand and connect with Tad and his adorable characters.

*WE created displays, displays, displays, signs, signs, signs, and more displays. 

*WE ordered books for the book signing. 

*WE brainstormed questions to ask Tad. 

*WE treated Tad like a rock star. 

Here's what my students told me about Tad's visit

*It was fun watching Tad Hills draw Duck and Goose. I love Duck and Goose." 

*"Rocket Writes a Story is an amazing picture book. I'm happy Tad Hills read it to us." 

*The book signing was my favorite part. I gave him a story that I wrote." 

"I bought treats for the real Rocket. Tad Hills is going to bring them home to New York City." 

"Tad Hills is a famous person." 

"I like the knock knock jokes he shared with us." 

"He showed us pictures of the real Rocket. I wish I could meet Rocket." 

"Tad Hills is a good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good, GREAT artist." 

"Tad Hills read us Goose Need a Hug. It hasn't come out yet." 

*Second graders think Tad Hills is...

*one cool dude
*an amazing artist
*one of the world's best illustrators
*the best author
*important to us
*totally cool
*out of this world
*a creative thinker

I'm sorry you could not attend yesterday's event, but I hope you enjoy this peek inside my library. 


I am giving away one SIGNED copy of How Rocket Learned to Read. 

Rules for the Giveaway 

1. It will run from 11/14/12 to 11:59 p.m. on 11/16/12. 

2. You must be at least 13. 

3. Please pay it forward. :) 

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


  1. "I gave him a story that I wrote." MAN, that's GOLD! LOVE! Happy it was such an AMAZING day for you and your students (and, I'm sure, for Tad Hills, too)! Your displays were FANTASTIC as always--hope you FINALLY got some rest last night, Mr. Schu! :)

  2. What an awesome set-up. Better than any red carpet!

  3. WoW! That is definitely what I should do the next time I have an author come in - displays and signs like crazy. Do you print all of your signs at school or use a printing company?

  4. I passed it on, via my blog! This looks so happy!

  5. This is remarkable!! You are the Martha Stewart of the author/illustrator appreciation realm! (That's a good thing.)
    We shared on our FB page.