Thursday, January 14, 2016

Author Tom Watson Coming to Stone!

We are thrilled that author Tom Watson, creator of the best-selling STICK DOG series, will be visiting 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders at Stone Academy on Wednesday, February 3rd!  His books are full of good humor and themes of friendship and leadership, and are sure to appeal to fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate, all animal lovers and kids who love to draw!  How lucky are we to be hosting?  Thanks to our friends at The Book Stall in Winnetka for this opportunity.

In library, we will be exploring the author and his books in a fun research treasure hunt! Book order forms will be going home in the next week, and reflect a 10% discount.   Please send all order forms to the library on or before Monday, February 1st, and all checks should be made out to The Book Stall.

Please, please do consider purchasing a copy of the book, as this supports one of our local independent booksellers and continues our positive relationships with local businesses and publishers.  It's also a great way to build home book collections which have been correlated to student achievement.   Most of all, when our students meet the authors they always want to read the book right away, and owning an autographed copy of a book is very special!  Donations to the school collection are also welcome, to ensure that our whole school community has access and keeps those pages turning.  Thank you!

UPDATE 2/4:  
The visit was a huge success!  The third grade enjoyed making Stick Dog ears to get in the mood and to make sure the author felt welcome.  A special doggy treat was that Tom Watson let us all illustrate right along with him and learn how to draw some of his favorite characters from his books. He then autographed all of our drawings!  He has inspired so much artwork...and even some sequels of our own.  We have the complete set of the Stick Dog series in the library and are taking reserves, so keep those pages turning!  Thank you, Tom Watson and The Book Stall, and extra gratitude and hugs to the Crank family and Ms. Switzer for their special support during this event.  Bow WOW!

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