“This was my first time attending the Plum Creek Literacy Festival and I loved it! They had many good authors speaking, among them was Eric Litwin- the author of Pete the Cat. He was fantastic and really got me excited for books all over again. I will definitely be attending for many years to come!” ~Mackenzie Faris
As we did last year, Gina and I wrote a student engagement grant to give PSC English and Education majors the opportunity to meet with and learn from some of the leading authors and illustrators in the field, from Andrew Clements and Carmen Deedy to Jerry Pallota and Janet Stevens.
I will eventually add comments from students to the page, for they all enjoyed a wonderful experience, both edifying and entertaining.
I took special pleasure from photographing students when they got photographs with favorite authors and illustrators, including Jerry Pallota, Andrew Clements, Carmen Deedy, and the rather electrifying Eric Litwin, one of Gina Bitner's favorites, the "Pete the Cat" author.
I also talked with Ted Kooser and hope that in the spring he will give Peru State College a return visit.
Give the photographs from the day to get a feel for this special event.
It was definitely what you call serendipity to be ale to meet and get the autograph Janet Stevens, the very woman who wrote and illustrated a book my mother used to teach me how to read! Amazing and inspiring event [the engagement grant] made possible. Astrid Moore.
Richard Peck and Andrew Clements were also very fun to listen to; Richard for his humor and seemingly infinite knowledge and Andrew Clements for his amiable personality and intimate reading for the people present during his session.
It was definitely time well spent.