Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Stephanie Calmenson Visits Searingtown!

On April 4th we had the pleasure of meeting prolific author, Stephanie Calmenson, author of more than 100 books. Stephanie engaged all grades with her stories about her dog Rosie, featured canine in the book, ROSIE - A VISITING DOG'S STORY.  Students learned so much about visiting dogs and even how to behave when confronting a strange dog, as described in the book MAY I PET YOUR DOG? Our younger students loved hearing her read BIRTHDAY AT THE PANDA PALACE.

Most of all, Stephanie talked about the writing process, including the different genres of writing. She described the "choices and challenges" she contemplates when starting a new book - should her book be fiction or nonfiction; prose or poetry? She emphasized the importance of having a plan that included doing research, talking to experts, and reading, reading, reading! She shared her writing drafts with the students, showing them the process of rejection, revision, and acceptance. She enthusiastically encouraged the students to follow their dreams, just as she did when she decided to become an author!

We are so grateful to our PTA for providing opportunities like this for our students. Mrs. Genara DiGirolomo and Mrs. Peggy Bosco both put so much effort into making the day a huge success! The library looks forward to working together next year to provide another fantastic learning experience.
Mrs. Genara DiGirolomo, Mrs. Karen Kliegman, Stephanie Camlenson, and  Principal Elizabeth Guercin

Students had tons of questions for the author!

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