Author Jack Gantos Visited PRS
Thanks to the Plymouth River PTO and the Hingham Education Foundation, reading specialist Elizabeth Danis and library media specialist Diane Hallisey were able to bring internationally-known author Jack Gantos to PRS for a day in 2008. Students attended writing workshops that were tailored to their grade-level and were inspired to write their own stories. Each student received a journal that was specially-designed by local artist, John Lanza, along with a special pencil to get them started on their writing journey. Teachers and students alike were VERY excited by this opportunity to learn from this Newbery Honor-winning author!
Read my “10 reasons to befriend a book” list to find the many reasons why we encourage children to read stories about lots of different people’s experiences. Isn’t it great that we can “walk a mile in someone else’s moccasins” through story?! Older readers may identify with hyperactive Joey Pigza themselves or recognize classmates they have had over the years. How wonderful to get a sense from these stories about what it’s like for Joey – and others like him – that are challenged by Attention Deficit Disorder! For middle-grade readers, the challenges of sibling rivalry in the Jack Henry stories, while Rotten Ralph’s mischievous antics help youngsters work through what they should and shouldn’t do in various situations.
Visit Jack's website at www.jackgantos.com to see more of the author's work.