Saint Clare students were treated to three presentations from the Hicklebee’s Author Series during October. Best-selling author and illustrator, Marianne Richmond, visited students in grades TK – 4 on Oct. 3. Richmond has written more than 50 books in the past 20 years. Her newest book is “Be Brave Little One.” Richmond discussed with the students what it takes to be brave and have courage. It’s not just about being able to stand in front of an audience. She pointed out that it’s a feeling and a choice. “Courage is a choice fueled by the wisdom of your heart. The challenge is to move past the fear to get to the brave,” said Richmond.
Saint Clare’s middle school students were treated to a writing workshop on Oct. 17 with author Sharon Cameron. Cameron has been the recipient of several awards for her books, including the Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work and YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Cameron’s current book is “The Knowing.” In the hour-long presentation, Cameron was able to help all the students write the beginnings of their very own novel. She indicated that anyone can write a story when you are able to answer six simple questions: when, where, who, what, why, and what if? “When you have all the questions answered in the beginning, you have your story,” explained Cameron. She shared with them that it took her four years to write her first book, “The Dark Unwinding” because she didn’t answer all the questions. She has since learned to answer those questions and has been able to write a book in as little as nine months! She gets her ideas for her novels by the things that interest and excite her.
Finally, illustrator Genevieve Santos, visited grades 1 – 3 on Oct. 19. Ms. Santos is a San Jose native, graduating from Saint Patrick School and Notre Dame High School. She’s a full-time illustrator and her newest project is illustrating the “Daisy Dreamer” chapter book series. Santos discussed with the students what her job entails and how she draws. Her job is to decide how characters will look in the books. She explained to the students that she’s inspired by what she likes which translates to how she will draw certain characters. During the presentation, Santos took ideas from the students and together they were able to draw their own imaginary character. Ms. Santos highlighted there is no wrong way to draw and it’s good to keep a sketch book on hand and draw what you like. Santos is currently collaborating on a project with the Santa Clara City Library.
All touring author visits were provided by Hicklebee’s Bookstore in Willow Glen. Saint Clare School and Hicklebee’s continue to work together to promote reading, writing and illustrating at the elementary school level.