We are excited about Love of Reading Week which begins on Monday, March 5th. Our theme this year is Paws for Books. We have some very interesting authors scheduled to talk to our students. The kick-off for Love of Reading will begin with our Monday Chapel. We will be having some special visitors who will help us kick-off Paws for Books!
- All classes will welcome parent readers who might wish to share a special book or poem with their child’s class. Please make arrangements with your student’s classroom teacher.
- Book boxes will be found outside your child’s classroom where we will be collecting gently used boxes for the “Angel Heart Pajama Project,” a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides books to children in need. These children are homeless, abused, abandoned, in shelters and foster care. It’s a wonderful opportunity to look through your child’s book shelves and find books they no longer read or have grown too old for to donate to this organization.
- The Lower School will have a pajama day on Friday, when they will be doing a lot of special reading and enjoying juice and cookies together. The Intermediate and Middle School will also have special reading activities going on throughout the week.
Here is information about the authors that will be visiting during the week.
- Diana Ossana will speak to the 6th through 8th grades on Tuesday, March 6, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the Student Center.
- Paul Mosier will speak to the 4th and 5th grades on Friday, March 9, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in Tankersley Hall.
- Learning A to Z will speak to the K through 3rd grades on Wednesday, March 7, from 8:00 to 8:35 a.m. in Tankersley Hall.
According to Wikipedia, Diana Ossana is an American writer and producer who has collaborated on writing screenplays, teleplays, and novels with author Larry McMurtry since they first worked together in 1992 on the semi-fictionalized biography Pretty Boy Floyd. She won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar or Academy Award, a Writers’ Guild of America Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for her and McMurtry’s screenplay of Ang Lee‘s Brokeback Mountain, adapted from the short story of the same name by Annie Proulx. She is a published author in her own right of several short stories and essays. Diana Ossana will speak to Grades 6-8 on Tuesday, March 6.
According to HarperCollins, Paul Mosier began writing novels in 2011, but has written in some fashion his entire life. He lives a short walk from the place of his birth in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, but it has been a very circuitous route that brought him there. He is married and is father to two lovely daughters who both read fanatically. He loves listening to baseball on the radio, eating vegetarian food, drinking coffee, and talking nonstop. His middle-grade debut novel, “Train I Ride,” has earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and earned him a Publishers Weekly “Flying Start” designation. It’s about a girl who turns 13 while riding a train from Los Angeles to Chicago, and who has nobody in the world but the strangers she meets on the train. His second middle-grade novel from HarperCollins, “Echo’s Sister,” will be released August 7, 2018. A third novel from HarperCollins- “Summer and July”- is scheduled for release in summer 2019. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of “Train I Ride” and having Paul Mosier autograph it, please let Mrs. Faltico know ahead of time and Mr. Mosier will bring copies available for purchase following his presentation to grades 4-5 on Friday, March 9 ($12 each, hardcover). For additional information about Paul Mosier and “Train I Ride,” visit https://novelistpaulmosier.wordpress.com.
Learning A-Z: Learning A-Z is a leading innovative education technology company that provides educators, administrators, students and parents with affordable resources to support and develop literacy and dual-language and bilingual programs through a blend of printable, projectable, digital, and mobile platform resources. John Morgan, Arnulfo Bermudez, and Lee Blahnik will speak to our K-3 students on Wednesday, March 7, about education technology and the process of making, editing and illustrating a book. For additional information about Learning A-Z and its products go to www.learninga-z.com.