I am truly lucky that I get to live near the Nation’s Capitol where annually (since First Lady Barbara Bush started this) children’s authors come to town and hour after hour, I can sit and listen to a variety of the best writers. My TOP EIGHT:
1. R.J. Palacio – “We can’t stop showing kindness.” Movie release is Nov. 17th!
2. Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long
They co-wrote a HF book set in the 1980s called This is NOT a Test
3. Chris Van Dosen
He is the illustrator for the Mercy Watson books.
He just published Hattie and Hudson – first book with a girl character and first that doesn’t rhyme.
4. Kate DiCamillo!!!!
5. Letters About Literature Contest – Due Dec. 7th…maybe I help kids enter!
6. Carmen Agra Deedy – The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet – This book encourages us to USE our voice, a message so important in 2017
7. Cokie Roberinson – Library of Congress named her a Living Legend!
She was upset that US History left women out so she started writing about Founding Mothers. Her newest book is about other women who helped to build our country and make it great.
Her next project – a book about the women who helped women vote in USA because 2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the vote.
8. Reshma Saujani – Girls Who Code founder. She is an inspiring speaker! I left ready to start a Girls Who Code Club at my Middle School!
Favorite quote: “You cannot be what you cannot see.”
I also later wathced her TEDtalk about how girls are taught to be perfect and boys are taught to be brave but this is something we can/must change.