Friday, September 23, 2011

Book Festival Brings Authors to School


Students in three schools got to see and hear from a real life author today. Author Eric McHenry from Washburn University talked to a 6th grade class at Eisenhower Middle School about poetry. He read some of the poems he has written and talked to the students about how to write poetry. Author Tom Averil visited Avondale West Elementary School. Averil is a Kansas author who has written numerous books about the Sunflower State. Tina Thompson read her book, Carly Likes Blue, to students at McCarter Elementary School. Thompson is director of early childhood development for Topeka Public Schools.

The three were among numerous Kansas authors who are taking part in the Kansas Book Festival on September 24th. The festival was put together by the First Lady of Kansas, Mary Brownback. It will be held at the Kansas History Museum includes meet-the-author sessions, panel discussions and book signings. Brownback hopes the book festival will promote literacy and encourage a life-long love of reading.

(picture) Author Eric McHenry at Eisenhower Middle School