Cynthia was the kick-off author for our first visit to Princeton Elementary School, and also visited students in Charlotte and Trenton.
Cynthia offered presentations about her life as a writer and the inspirations for her creativity to grouped grades at each school and guided them in writing workshops. Her writing workshops focused on character development, conflict, and resolution.
She has written numerous books for each age group, so students from all three schools received one of the following titles: Hot Rod Hamster, Shelter Pet Squad #1: Jellybean, A Handful of Stars, Half a Chance, Rules, and Touch Blue.
At Charlotte Elementary School, students said…
about Half A Chance, “This book made me think about how some people really live and how hard it can be to live some ways”
and about A Handful of Stars, “This book made me think how you can be a stranger one minute and be best friends the next.”
Charlotte students performed skits and conducted presentations on one of Cynthia’s books (they were allowed to choose whichever one of their books they wanted), in a unique format called a “literature circle.”
Princeton Elementary School students said about Cynthia’s book Rules, it made them feel “caring,” “a lot more happy with my life,” and “more informed.”
Cynthia’s book A Handful of Stars is dedicated “to Island Readers & Writers and all the children they serve,” and we were very happy to bring this beloved author to meet some of those students and create memorable experiences for all involved.