What a WONDERfully busy autumn!
This fall Wondermore sponsored school visits by four award-winning authors/illustrators. Over 250 students and 20 teachers in underserved Boston Public Schools had the opportunity to meet with these authors and learn more about their books and their careers. Before each visit, Wondermore donated the author's books to the classrooms and school libraries.
In October, author and photographer Ifeoma Onyefulu met with three K-1 and K-2 classes at the new Shaw school in Dorchester. Children were excited to learn about customs from Ifeoma's native country of Nigeria. They also learned fun games and songs.
In early November, students at the Hurley School, a Spanish-English immersion school in the South End, were delighted to spend time with author-illustrator Eric Velasquez, who danced the salsa when he wasn't drawing and talking about his work in English and Spanish.
Later in November, author Joseph Bruchac visited 5th graders at both the Hernandez School in Roxbury and the Winship School in Brighton to share the Native American music and stories that inspire his many books. Students were very familiar with his work, thanks to our book donations and to their teachers, who incorporated the books into theircurriculum.
Our final visit of 2014 was author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka, whose "Lunch Lady" books are hugely popular among the 3rd graders at the Winship School in Brighton. Jarrett talked about his first book, which he wrote and illustrated when he was in the 3rd grade. He even had pictures of it to show to the students! Students couldn't believe that he started it all when he was in the 3rd grade, just like them!