Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Author Visit -- Melissa Sweet

Two weeks ago, Melissa Sweet was the visiting author at our school. There are three great things about an author visit: all the learning that takes place before the visit, the excitement of meeting the author on the day of the visit, and the learning that lingers after the author has gone back home!

Second graders learning about Ohio animals made constellations of the animals after reading TUPELO RIDES THE RAILS.

These students wrote about their grandmothers after reading CARMINE: A LITTLE MORE RED.

If you're getting ready to meet an illustrator, you might want to take some sketching lessons online and sketch an illustration to go along with your wolf research.

Third graders practiced letter writing by writing letters to Melissa Sweet.

Fourth graders who read A RIVER OF WORDS illustrated poems in the style of Melissa Sweet, using collage and watercolors.

CARMINE inspired word work...

...and TUPELO inspired mapping the community.

We loved Melissa Sweet's books, and loved meeting her and hearing the stories about how her ideas turned into those books. She is everything her name says she is: SWEET!


  1. I love all the learning created by students in anticipation of her visit. Thanks for sharing and showing others what can be done when you are blessed to have an author.

  2. I'm with Mandy -- the learning that went on before the visit is what enriches those students. The author is the icing on the cake.

  3. Mary Lee--

    Kids get so much more from an author/illustrator visit when teachers and librarians prepare their students prior to the visit.

    I love Melissa Sweet's books. Melissa was the featured speaker at our reading council's fall dinner meeting last year. What a fantastic presentation she did! She was one of the best speakers we have ever had. She is so talented and so personable. I can't say enough nice things about her.


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