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Crenshaw Elementary students meet their favorite authors

Crenshaw Elementary students meet their favorite authors 

     Forty-five students from Crenshaw Elementary school squealed with excitement on Saturday, October 13th from seven to four! This delight was not directed towards athletes, but at their favorite authors.

    The “Tweens Read Festival” is one of the nation’s only literary gatherings explicitly aimed at middle school students. The twenty-seven authors attending this year appeared on the South Houston high school stage. This event is designed to celebrate a love of reading that includes students communicating with their favorite authors.

    Students were given the opportunity to ask the authors questions about their books, including why they had written each of their books. Most of the questions were presented in panel format so that everyone had a chance to ask a question. Erick Guzman, a fifth-grade student at Crenshaw Elementary, was so excited to be able to ask Margaret Peterson Haddix why a particular character in her book, Among the Hidden, had died. Erick had recently read the novel in Ms. Stringer’s class, and he was curious to know the answer.

   After meeting their favorite authors, students had the opportunity to purchase books from their favorite authors and also from new authors that interested them while attending the event. There was also an opportunity for pictures with the authors, and to get their books signed. As the old saying goes reading is power and with their interests peaked, they now have a new appreciation for reading a book.