The retired librarian I took over for this year got the MOST AMAZING Reading Rockstars grant through the Texas Book Festival. As a Title I school, we were eligible to apply for this three year opportunity, and I was lucky enough to come in for Year 2.
For three years in a row, the RRS grant will provide a free author visit, and a free, signed copy of the book s/he/they are promoting for each student to take home and keep. Last year, author and illustrator Bob Shea visited the school. Each class chose one of his books and made their own props for that title as part of a school-wide parade to kick off the author visit day. And of course, they all went home with own brand new, autographed copy of a Bob Shea book after his presentation.
At the end of last year I worked with the outgoing librarian to make the best choice from the list of authors that were available to us for this year’s event. Together we decided upon Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies / Los zombis no comen verduras. We thought the kids would really enjoy the story and the illustrations, and it was important to choose an author of color, as well as a title that was published in English and Spanish.
This book is the first for Jorge and Megan Lacera, so we were not able to talk about all of their books and plan the parade accordingly as the school had the first year. But each class chose to be either zombies, a type of veggie, or a garden of veggies and did NOT disappoint on parade day! You can see the amazing decorations that were all around the school here, and although I am not posting pictures of the parade to project students’ privacy, the costumes were amazing adorable and perfect! Even though it was a lot of work to prepare, I enjoyed getting everything organized, planning the parade route, the playlist that would be heard of the loud speakers, and making space for three different time slots for the author presentations.
Here is a copy of the email I sent to the staff after the event: