I love our local independent bookstore, Avid Bookshop. They work very hard to bring children’s, young adult, and adult authors to our community. They also reach out to schools and connect us with these authors. Today, Nancy Krulik visisted 3 Athens Clarke County schools: Barrow, Oglethorpe, and Stroud.
Nancy Krulik is the author of more than 200 books! The books that the kids get the most excited about are her 3 series:
- Katie Kazoo
- George Brown
- Magic Bone
She started her talk with a game between 4 students who answered questions related to the Magic Bone series. The questions were all based on inferences and point of view. This gave kids context for the section of the book that she planned to read aloud to the students since the dog doesn’t necessarily know the human terms for the things he sees in the world. I loved how she set the stage for them to understand this part of the story.
She spent some time talking about her writing life, her first book, and her 3 series. Finally, she took student questions. She really wanted to answer every single question that students had. I think they could ask questions all day. They had a great time learning that she wrote some of a George Brown book while she was in her hotel in Athens.
They also loved burping like George Brown.
Students who purchased books from Avid were able to stay after the visit and get their books signed. They loved sitting down with an author, chatting, and watching their book get signed.
Many thanks to Avid Bookshop, Penguin, and Nancy Krulik for a fantastic visit. I’m sure there are many new Katie Kazoo, George Brown, and Magic Bone fans in Athens. In-person as well as Skype author visits always inspire our students to read more but also to write down their stories and work hard to make them the best stories that they can be.