During each school visit on his trip, Cummings read through his stories and encouraged Gahanna-Jefferson students to think creatively by leading them through an interactive brainstorming session of writing and doodling. He also took time to sign books during specially-arranged classroom lunches with the author.
Cummings always keeps a sketchbook handy for moments of inspiration. Whether it’s a little bit of sketching or writing, Cummings is always prepared to jot down thoughts for potential book ideas. He chooses to focus on themes for his books rather than teaching specific lessons or morals.
“I’ve been writing since I was three. At a young age, I learned there were people responsible for writing the books I loved reading,” said Cummings. “I knew I wanted to be an author and write books too.”
“The Gahanna-Jefferson Public School system has shown me so much respect and that has really stood out to me,” said Cummings. “The fifth-grade students gave me their full attention and the kindergarten students asked awesome questions.”
“I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to have spoken with students from all the elementary schools,” said Cummings. “Gahanna has shown so much support for my books and made these visits special.”