video: Dying to Meet You
SCHOOL VISITS: K - 5
Kate Klise has written picture books, chapter books, middle-grade novels, and countless articles for People magazine. With young students (K-2), Kate uses examples from her early school papers as well as her books to show how a simple idea can become a book. When presenting to older students (grades 3–6), Kate focuses on the writing process and shares her best tips and tricks for writing bestselling books.
Year(s) of participation: 2014
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2014 at Norwood School in Norwood, MO
KATE EMPOWERS YOUNG READERS AT NORWOOD
My book The Show Must Go! features a truly despicable character named Barnabas Brambles. In spite of that – or maybe because of it? – it was selected as an Amazon Best Book of 2013. (As Alfred Hitchcock famously said, "The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.") In my book, the villain does turn over a new leaf in the end. But before that, he's mean to the bone, especially to animals.
In December I distributed copies of this book to April Rosso, librarian at Norwood Elementary. I asked her to ask the teachers to read the book to their 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. A month or two later I emailed an idea: What if Barnabas Brambles paid for his wrongdoings by making a contribution to a worthy cause?
Well, today was the day I returned with six one-hundred dollar bills. We tallied up the votes, and the students decided the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri was the PERFECT place for Barnabas Brambles to make a tidy donation. Hence, the $600. Here is a (lousy) picture someone snapped of a student explaining to me why she felt so strongly about addressing the needs of homeless and neglected animals.