Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Celebrating "Wonder" with an author talk

It was such an honor last week to be able to go and listen to R.J. Palacio speak about her career and her amazing book "Wonder".  For those of you who haven't had the opportunity to hear a professional author explain the labor of love that goes into writing their book, it is well worth seeking out such an opportunity.  I remember when we had a few "authors in residence" come to visit our school in the last decade or so (Debbie Dadey...William Durbin) how REAL it made the entire writing process feel.  As a listener, I felt even more connected to the text.  Watch your local community listings to see if your public library or other organizations are bringing anyone to town this summer!

R.J. Palacio was brought to our town because "Wonder" was a community read book this year.  The schools, libraries, book clubs and the community at large took on "Wonder" and made it our own.  When the book was selected, one of the requirements was that the author be willing to come and share her story--and she was.

Super easy to listen to!  The entire audience was captivated the entire time!

Here message--both in the book and in her presentation.  Message sent and received.

R.J. was gracious enough to stay to chat and sign books despite her rigorous schedule.  My students were SO excited!

It was amazing to hear about her history in the publishing world as well as the "catalyst" that got her to write the book.  I loved how she explained about her inspirations and the impact the book has had on her and millions of readers.  She even shared photos of some of the emails and projects students have sent her related to her message of "choose kind" in the book.  I took quite a few more photos, but I don't want to "steal" her presentation--so leave you with this...if you haven't read "Wonder", put it on your to-do list.  If you haven't heard an author speak about his/her craft, put it on your bucket list.  And above all..."If given the choice between what is right and what is kind, CHOOSE KIND."

Enough said.

Have a GREAT week, everyone!

6 comments:

  1. Had a talk with my kids on my summer book list. I never stopped and thought that I needed to share this with them. While I was talking one kid raised her hand and said Ms. Martha you have a list of books you want to read this summer. I said yes and I explained how I got a lot of information on books from your blog and other teacher friends. I shared my list and told them a little about each book and how I heard of it. They asked if this afternoon if they could make a book list. I said yes and they instantly had ideas of books to put on their list. I love that feeling of creating lifelong readers. That is what it is about. I am going to share this blog post with them to give those kids another idea of finding out about books. Thanks for all you do!

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    1. Hey Martha...you read my mind! One of my end of year activities is to make a "to read" list with the students--for them AND for me! I hope you find some great ones to read and share them with us! :)

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  2. I just got done reading this great book! We're thinking about using it as a novel study in 5th grade. I love meeting the authors of fabulous books. We were able to have Brandon Mull, Fablehaven, come visit my old school. The kids loved it!

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    1. It makes it so real, doesn't it?!?! Thanks for sharing! I highly recommend it...there is SO much to talk about with Wonder.

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  3. I'm so jealous you got to hear her speak! This book had such a tremendous impact on my class this year… it truly is a WONDER! What a great experience for your community to read it and share it together!

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  4. I read this to my 5th graders the last two years. They love it! You can hear a pin drop as I am reading. Today when I stopped so we could go to lunch, I heard them discussing the book! YES!!! Also, have you seen the newest edition, The Julian Chapters? It is a new add on for Wonder told from the bully's POV. $1.99 on iTunes. We are reading now and the kids are engrossed. Me too!!!

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