Todd Strasser at Perry Street Prep

Author Todd Strasser has a talent for writing for both teens and younger children.  Fourth grade students at Perry Street Prep had the privilege and fun of working with Todd to improve their writing skills.  With “show don’t tell” as…

Daniel Jose Older at Cesar Chavez Capitol Hill

The combination of magical realism, suspense, appreciation for the power of art, and friendship – not to mention a cool New York setting – offered irresistible appeal for teen readers when Daniel Jose Older recently visited.  English Language Arts students at Cesar Chavez…

Padma Venkatraman at Meridian PCS

There is so much to learn from the research that a fiction author does!  Padma Venkatraman, an oceanographer by training and now a YA author, ran overtime as the students at Meridian PCS flooded her with questions about ocean research,…

David Shannon at Langdon Education Campus

David Shannon writes hilarious children’s books, but, he told the first grade at Langdon Education Campus, he “always loved to draw.”  After reading aloud his long-awaited sequel Duck on a Tractor, David sketched out for the crowd not only Duck…

Jeff Kinney at the Library of Congress

Take a look: DOAWK fanatics at the Library of Congress Taylor Swift? Justin Bieber?  No, the auditorium full of screaming children weren’t yelling about a rock star, but for the literary equivalent: author Jeff Kinney. Kicking off the national book…

Rohan Gavin at Newport Mill Middle School

A top-notch trailer introduced the Newport Mill 6th graders to the father and son detective duo of Rohan Gavin’s Knightley and Son series before Rohan explained how the acts of real life criminals inspired plot points. Rohan instructed the students…