Fred Bowen at Montpelier Elementary School

In an unusual turn, author and sports writer Fred Bowen introduced AOB to a new elementary school, instead of the other way around!  Fred shared stories with the Montpelier fourth graders about his childhood teachers, his less-than-enthusiastic feelings about writing, and…

Jon Chad at Poe Middle School

Illustrator and cartoonist Jon Chad blended fact and fiction to create Volcanoes: Fire and Life, which he shared over three presentations with sixth graders at Poe Middle School recently. Almost too good to be true, though, was Jon’s incredibly generous…

Katy Kelly at Bancroft Elementary School

Katy Kelly’s humorous writing goes straight to the heart her young readers, and the fourth grade classes at Bancroft Elementary enthusiastically welcomed her over three presentations.  “A longer book is not a better book,” advised Katy, who also suggested the…

Laura Shovan at Hyattsville Elementary School

With their own massive school renovation on the horizon, the fifth graders at Hyattsville Elementary empathized with the characters in Laura Shovan’s poetic novel The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary.  After introducing various poetic forms and talking through the…

Padma Venkatraman via Skype

As a followup to her October visit to Meridian PCS 8th grade, Padma Venkatraman Skyped in to a group of enthusiastic students who had finished A Time to Dance and were brimming with questions.  Padma talked with the eighth graders for 45…

Mary Amato at Wheatley Education Campus

Sixth through eighth graders at Wheatley Education Campus celebrated their Literacy Day with a visit by local author–and songwriter–Mary Amato.  Mary shared with the students how personal hardship fueled her creative writing and used the songs woven into her texts…