Last week we had the privilege of welcoming children's author, Kelly DiPucchio to our school. In celebration of March is Reading Month, our school was decorated with proof of our love of books all over the place!
Kelly DiPucchio has published many books and two of them, Grace for President and The Sandwich Swap, have made the New York Times Bestseller list. Grace for President was also featured on the television show, The View.
Each of the grades in our school had one of Kelly DiPucchio's books as their "special" book. They read the story and then did a writing and/or art project to go along with the book. All the children's work (and the teachers' work) was so impressive!
DiPucchio did a wonderful job speaking to our students.
She talked a lot about coming up with ideas to write about, adding details to your stories, and never giving up. She used a big sandwich to symbolize a story: bread on top (beginning), meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion (middle and details), and bottom piece of bread (end.)
The kids and adults really enjoyed her visit and she was an inspiration to our young writers.
All of our students had the opportunity to order some of Kelly DiPucchio's books. The author autographed more than 200 books that day!
Here she is with my son, Hugh (8).
Each classroom's door was also decorated with a favorite book that was used by that class.
All the students, preschool through 4th grade, LOVED DiPucchio's newest book, Crafty Chloe, so that is what my classroom door represented. One of our high school students made Chloe and a fourth grader and a volunteer mom (Thanks, Tara!) worked on the "Crafty Chloe" sign hanging above it. The door design was inspired by the cover of the book.
This is Kelly DiPucchio with one of my students and dear friend, Chloee. Chloee also LOVED this book and Chloee is very crafty herself so this was perfect!
In the story, Chloe is searching for the perfect gift for a friend's birthday. But when another girl gets the gift Chloe had wanted to get, she has to come up with a different idea. Using her crafty skills, she makes her friend a birthday gift. The story and the illustrations are just wonderful! The character, Chloe is so thoughtful and creative - you just can't help but fall in love with her!
Crafty Chloe was just released in February and has already received some great reviews!
Look who loved it...
Yes, our crafty friend, Martha featured it on The Martha Stewart Show with illustrator, Heather Ross. Together they then demonstrated how to make a doll bed like Crafty Chloe in the story made for her friend Emma. How cool is that?
Check out the Crafty Chloe Make-Stuff Blog, http://craftychloe.squarespace.com/. The blog offers tutorials on how to make craft projects based on different parts of the story (including the doll bed that Martha shared!) There are links with author and illustrator information and a link to check upcoming Crafty Chloe events and news.
Author, Kelly DiPucchio was kind enough to send me a copy of the book before it was released so I had plenty of time to share it with our students before her visit to our elementary school. As I mentioned before, the students LOVED it and so did I. It has become one of my favorite children's books ever! I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! It is perfect for a crafty or artistic child and for crafty ladies too! I'm telling ya - you will love it!
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Giveaway ends Monday, April 9th.
*Check out Kelly DiPucchio's website: http://www.kellydipucchio.com/
and Kelly's blog: http://kellydipucchio.blogspot.com/
and illustrator, Heather Ross' website: http://heatherross.squarespace.com/
and Heather's blog: http://heatherross.squarespace.com/journal/