The Graded Libraries are thrilled to welcome back award-winning author, Linda Sue Park, the week of November 27-December 1. Ms. Park is the author of more than 20 books, including A Single Shard, winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal, and A Long Walk to Water, a New York Times bestseller. She has traveled to 46 states and 16 countries to talk to audiences of all ages about books, reading, and writing.
While at Graded, Ms. Park will be busy. Throughout the week, she will meet with all PK5-grade 12 students. In addition to working with students, Ms. Park will offer a presentation for parents and a professional development session for staff. The parent presentation will be on Tuesday, November 28, from 8:15 am-9:00 am.
Students in grades 4-8, who are eager to meet Ms. Park in a smaller setting and talk with her about her work, are encouraged to participate in an Essay Contest. Twenty-five students will be selected for a special lunchtime event.
Aspiring writers in the High School have the exciting opportunity to participate in a Writing Workshop. A small group of selected students will meet with Ms. Park twice during Community Time to develop and hone their skills.
As part of “Reading Workshop,” our grade 5 students read Ms. Park’s book, A Long Walk to Water, and work on analyzing themes. In a TEDx Talk related to A Long Walk to Water, "Can A Children's Book Change the World?" Linda Sue Park talks about how books provide practice in responding to unfairness in life, and how empathy for a book's characters can lead to engagement in ways that have significant impact in the real world.
Livro Fácil will have copies of Linda Sue Park’s books available for sale, and during her visit, students will have the opportunity to have books personally autographed.
Guest author visits are an enrichment experience for students. They promote literacy, provide an opportunity for students to see professional writers and their processes, and reinforce what students are learning in the classroom about the writing and revision process. They also showcase effective public speaking, develop an understanding of the importance of research, and model both passion and perseverance.
The Graded Libraries appreciate the support of the Graded Annual Fund in making Ms. Park’s visit possible.