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Fabulous Fifth Grade Readers!

Today, 24 fifth graders were rewarded for their dedication to reading! They spent the morning skyping with author Kate McMullen and meeting Roland Smith in person...what a presentation he has. The fifth grade kiddos earned this event by reading all twelve 2011-2012 Mark Twain nominees. Way to go! Upon arriving back at school, we enjoyed pizza and brownies for lunch and reflected on our morning. Huge thank you to Mrs. Arth (AD librarian) and Andrea Sumy (Director of Library Media Services) for organizing the event and making it all possible.
Comments from our morning...
"I loved listening to how the authors got inspired to write and how they got started."
"Today was totally AWESOME. I loved the authors and I got good advice from cool authors."
"I learned that it might take a long time to make a book, but it is worth it."
"I loved seeing famous people in person."
"It was great listening to Roland Smith because he was funny."
"I thought it was amazing because you got to listen to famous authors."
"The books that Kate and Roland wrote were cool books."
"I loved skyping with Kate McMullan."
"I learned that writing is revision."
"The best part of today was getting to get advice from an author I have admired. (Roland Smith)."
"The best educational field trip I have been on."
"The literature festival was AWESOME!!!"
"It was a great experience to meet the two authors."
"The best part was when Roland Smith told all of his research stories, like when he went to Kenya."
"I loved meeting the authors and really getting to know them by learning about their lives."
"Roland Smith was extraordinary."
"I love Roland Smith books."
"It was awesomely cool."
"It was fun for the authors to share their lives and books with us."
"It was so fun, I can't describe it."
"I liked getting to meet Roland Smith and ask him questions."
"We got to hear their inspirations and how the got to writing."
"I learned how to be a writer."