Today Ms. Skinner’s 1st grade class had the great fortune to Skype with Anne Marie Pace to celebrate her new picture book, Pigloo. This book began when Anne Marie was in 1st grade, and now it is a beautiful picture book for our readers to explore. Pigloo dreams of going on an exploration to the north pole, and thanks to some snow, his sister, and some imagination, he is able to make his dreams come true.
This Skype was made possible through a contest that Anne Marie Pace held for librarians and teachers of 1st grade. Prior to our Skype, students watched the book trailer to get familiar with where the idea for the book came from. Anne Marie also sent us coloring pages for the students to color.
During our Skype, Anne Marie had students think about times they have waited on something just like Pigloo waits on the snow. We heard stories of waiting on pizza and Pokemon cards. We also talked about weather in Virginia where Anne Marie lives and in Georgia where we live. We certainly don’t have as much snow as Anne Marie has, so it was fun for the students to think about opportunities to get out and play in the snow which is rare here.
Next, Anne Marie read through the entire book. She held it up for students to see, but luckily a copy arrived in the mail for us just in time for the Skype. I held up the book so that students could see it on the screen or on the physical pages.
One of the things I love about connecting with authors is the chance for students to chat with them one on one. Anne Marie took time to let students step up and ask a question. Many wanted to ask more questions about Pigloo. Why did his sister “trick” him? Where did he get his sled and hat? However, we also got to ask about writing. She encouraged students to keep writing even when it’s hard. She explained that sometimes writing has fun parts and sometimes it has hard parts. She wanted them to always listen to their teacher and realize that feedback was a teacher’s wish for them to each become better writers. This affirmation is always powerful for students to hear and realize that we all need to push ourselves to do better.
Pigloo will now be available for checkout in our library, but students have a chance to order it from Anne Marie’s local bookshop, The Sycamore Tree. She will sign each one and the bookshop will mail them to our school.
Connecting with authors in person and virtually is always a treat for our readers. Each experience reminds students that there is a person and lots of hard work behind the pages of each book on our shelves. Thank you Anne Marie Pace for stepping into our school for the morning.