Storytime simply never gets old!
Having a story read to you by the person who wrote it, often has even deeper meaning.
When that person is a children’s author, whose writing has been recognized with multiple awards including, The Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature --- the impact can be immeasurable.
That’s precisely what is in store for young readers at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) when noted Canadian author Kenneth Oppel visits this month.
“Inviting children's and young adult (YA) authors to SMCS is a literacy initiative designed to spark enthusiasm for reading among our students,” says Sandy Gray, Head Librarian in the Odette Library at SMCS. “When a popular author visits, he or she can inspire our students not only to read, but also to write.”
It will mark the fourth time Oppel, a native of Vancouver Island, B.C., will be addressing students at SMCS.
“His popular books are often familiar to our students in Grades 7 and 8, and his enthusiasm for writing and reading hooks our students,” says Gray. “His presentation called, A Scribbling Life extends our curriculum in the middle grades with its focus on the importance of imagination, the craft of writing, rewriting, research, and editing.”
Oppel’s range of work spans picture books, chapter books, novels for young adults, and books for adults. He will address students in the Centre for the Arts, using the theatre space to engage the young audience at a time of year when independent reading, through the Accelerated Reader Program (ARP) is on top of many young minds.
“He uses visuals effectively to create interest in his own story, the stories he has written, and the process of writing,” Gray adds. “Interacting with the students, he challenges them and provides a book prize to those who correctly answer the questions he poses about his presentation. He is generous in answering questions, and signs copies of his books that students bring with them to the event.”.
In addition to author visits, the Odette Library engages and satiates young readers through a variety of initiatives including: thematic book displays, blogs about books, the annual Reading Olympics, and it supports the recently-created Double Blue Book Club.
Kenneth Oppel will visit St. Michael’s College School’s Centre for the Arts on Monday, November 4, 2019.