Book Tour for Valley Middle School

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

It's a whirlwind day for a group of young authors. They're on a book tour so to speak, talking to press and reading to audience.

"When she finally gives up hope, she goes back to the exhibit and finds her mother was gone to give birth to her baby brother." Author Naomi Simpson explains the context of her book. The sixth grader got her inspiration from her favorite animal.

"My favorite animal is an elephant," said Simpson. "So, I love elephants and my brother kind of helped me with this idea of what it would be like if an animal got loose in the zoo."

Now Simpson gets to read Eley's Day Out to her little brother, who sits in the front row, proud of his big sister.

This is all apart of a big project for East Coast Publishing Company at Elkton Middle School. Karen Ridder's sixth grade class has been transformed into a group of authors and artists.

"I had a few assistants, editors and art directors," explained President of East Coast and Teacher, Ridder. "The kids had to apply for the jobs. They had to fill out an application."

The project teaches editing, computer and art skills and problem solving and of course, how to write, draw and develop a story from start to finish.

"My book is about a little girl and her brother find treasure," explains Michelle Wood, author of "The Cave of Treasures." They buy a country and name it and share it with everyone who lives around them." Her book also teaches a lesson in morality. "Don't be greedy and always share."

Ridder's class even sewed the books and created jackets for them. She says she is very impressed with their work and the books turned out great.

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