Authors in Schools Meeting the writers behind favorite stories, students are inspired to read even more – and try their hand at writing.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when parent-teacher groups invite famous authors to read at the elementary schools. In the eyes of our students who have devoured the authors’ pages, the guests are literary rock stars. Some even have school hallways named for them! The schools welcomed the guests with large banners, special luncheons, and peppered them with questions. How did you get here today? asked a kindergarten student at Burnet Hill. From David Biedrzycki: “On a dragon.” It wasn’t too far-fetched to believe from these writers of childhood wonder.

The special guests included: David Biedrzycki, the author of Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective series, the Me and My Dragon books, Breaking News: Bear Alert series, and his latest, Groundhog's Runaway Shadow. NIck Bruel, author of the Bad Kitty series. Dan Gutman, author of My Weird School, the Baseball Card Adventures, and many more. Elizabeth Levy, author of the Fletcher Mysteries and Something Queer Mysteries. Jonah Winter, author celebrated nonfiction picture books, including Diego, Jazz Age Josephine, and Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx.

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. —Marcel Proust

Livingston Public Schools, Livingston, New Jersey

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