Sara Leach, class of 1989, recently visited the Jr. School Library. She sat down with the Grade 5s to discuss her new book Warm Up, and stayed behind for a book signing.
Warm Up is one of the new Orca Limelights novels, an ongoing series about performing arts (students can check out any of the books in this series in the JS Library).
Sara talked to the Grade 5 girls about her pathway from Yorkie to author. She even showed a picture of her class in Grade 5 at York House! Her advice to aspiring authors is to read and have lots of adventures. You can turn where you live and what you do into great stories!
Now living in Whistler, Sara is an author, a teacher librarian and mother of a son and daughter. She loves to ski and hike in the mountains, which became the setting for her Red Cedar Book Award-winning novel Count Me In.
“Authorstrator” Jon Klassen arrived at our school last Thursday morning wearing his signature hat! Jon was on a North American tour to promote his newest book Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. View a promotional video here.
The Grade 2 girls enjoyed a rollicking session as Jon read his award winning hat books: I Want My Hat Back and That’s Not My Hat. Many of the girls wore hats to add to the fun. And a few girls honoured Jon’s visit with hand printed signs for his newest book.
The girls learned about the dual process of writing and illustrating a picturebook. Jon’s simple artwork came alive when he demonstrated how the placement of the eyes on an animal can evoke emotion. His characters have no mouths so can’t talk. The text represents their thinking (watch the video below).
Books for the girls were signed and personalized with a special JK illustration. The JS library also received an original image drawn by Jon especially for us!