Sunday, September 12, 2010

September Author Spotlights

This week each grade will be introduced to the September authors of the month! Check out the links below for more information on each!

3rd Grade: Tomie dePaola

Author of more than 200 children's books, Tomie dePaola is perhaps best known for his Strega Nona books. This week, the third grade will be reading some biographical information about dePaola and will be reading and discussing Strega Nona.

Find out more about Tomie dePaola here.
Read about how Strega Nona came to be here.
Click here for some arts and crafts and coloring pages from Tomie.

Watch this animated version of Strega Nona:

4th Grade: Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka was once an elementary school teacher, so he definitely knows what makes kids laugh! The fourth grade will be reading some of Scieszka's hilarious fairy tales and poems this week.

Read about Jon Scieszka here.
Here are pictures of Jon as a kid and some pictures that show early drafts of his books.
Here's Jon's Guys Read site, with lots of good suggestions for books for guys!

Check out this video interview of Jon:

5th Grade: Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman won the 2009 Newbery award with his Graveyard Book, a collection of stories about a boy named Bod, who is raised by ghosts. The fifth grade will be hearing the beginning of Bod's story this week.

Read about Neil Gaiman here.
Find FREE online recordings of each chapter of The Graveyard Book here.
Read some Frequently Asked Questions of Neil and submit your own here.

Here's a book trailer for The Graveyard Book:

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