Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Wonderful Morning with Loren Long

Author-illustrator Loren Long spent a memorable morning in my  school library putt puff puttedy chuffing with my students. He talked about Of Thee I Sing, Mr. Peabody's Apples, The Little Engine That Could, and the Otis series. He read Otis and the Puppy and taught us how to draw Otis.  Loren's down-to-earth personality wowed every student and teacher. He spoke from his heart. 

I met with my first graders five minutes after Loren walked out the door. Here is what they said about Loren's author visit...

*I like that I heard Otis and the Puppy for the first time from Loren Long. It made it extra special. 

*It was interesting watching Loren Long draw Otis. 

*I learned that learning to read was difficult for Loren when he was a child, but he became a wonderful reader and writer.

*Loren Long drew Otis for us. I want to draw my own Otis tonight. We can send it to Loren Long.

*I learned that he uses different kinds of paint and supplies.

*I want to draw Otis tonight and share it with my family.

*My favorite part was when Loren drew Otis.

*Loren Long read us Otis and the Puppy. It was AWESOME.

*I liked when we stood in line to shake Loren Long's hand. He's a nice guy.

*I loved when Loren showed us the picture of him with President Obama.

*I learned that Loren Long is a very creative man.

*I liked when he talked about all the amazing books he’s written and illustrated.

*It was nice learning about his childhood.

*Loren Long's presentation was 

-the best part of my day

What do my second graders want me to share with Loren Long? 

*You are awesome. 

*I wish you could visit our library every day. 

*You're the best guy ever. 

*I'm glad you told us about your childhood. You're very kind. 

*I appreciate you coming to my school for an author visit. It was really nice seeing you!

*You are the best tractor drawer. 

*I appreciate your work. You are the best. 

*I like you.

*Roses are red, violets are too. I am thankful you came to our school. 

*I love your books and paintings. 

*You are my favorite author in the whole world. 

*It was awesome meeting you in person. 

Loren Long's presentation was





*extremely enjoyable 


*the best thing I've ever seen 

Yes, that is a cake! 


I am giving away a signed copy of Otis and the Puppy. 

Rules for the Giveaway

1. It will run from today to 11:59 P.M. on 3/24. 

2. You must be at least 13

3. Please pay it forward. 


  1. What an amazing author visit promotion! I love all the ways you incorporated Loren Long's books and characters into your library decorations.
    That cake ....WOW! I bet he felt very welcomed and excited by your efforts and enthusiasm! Librarianship at its best!