Saturday, May 17, 2008

IRA week with Ashley Bryan

Before I go on about our tremendous week of authors that we had, I should let you know why we had so many writers and illustrators visit us. The annual conference of the International Reading Association was in town last week, and authors from all over came to talk books with educators, librarians, media specialists, and readers.

Last Tuesday, we had a guest for our morning story time. Ashley Bryan, author and illustrator, was phenomenal. Everyone who was there is still talking about him. He charmed us all with his tremendous charisma.

Dave says, "Ashley Bryan was just a tremendously dynamic speaker. He started with the big question: where do you get your ideas?

'I get a lot of my ideas from poetry,' and then recited five or six Langston Hughes poems from memory, getting the kids to echo back lines (some of which could probably be heard inside Starbucks).

Mr. Bryan then read from his own books with the same enthusiasm. He was fantastic."

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