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Young Authors Encouraged and Inspired at Annual Event

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Young Authors pose with Kathryn Otoshi after her closing keynote.

Students from across the Diocese of San Jose were presented with a unique opportunity to share their writings at the Annual Young Authors Book Festival last month. More than 200 students representing Catholic Schools descended on Saint Victor School to present their original works of fiction and nonfiction (some wrote personal narratives and narrative poems about themselves) complete with one-of-a-kind illustrations.

In addition to the young author’s readings, the day featured a schedule of activities that engaged the creativity of all participants. Workshop topics included “Finding and Connecting with Emotion” for grades 6-8, “Creating Colorful Characters” for grades 3-5, “Storytime” for grades K-2 and many more. Featured guests included singers, songwriters, poets, graphic novelists, librarians and other lovers of literature, language and self-expression. Author and illustrator of the graphic novel “Pashmina”, Nidhi Chanani delivered the opening keynote and multi-award winning author/illustrator, Kathryn Otoshi, known for her character building book series, “Zero,” “One,” and “Two” delivered the closing keynote.

“This event is vital and such good work,” said Michael Ryther one of the featured performers. “Students are learning that their voices, their writings have power. At the same time, students are learning how to listen and appreciate the voices of others.”

The day brought together a community of people to promote writing and authorship in school-age children, but beyond the educational component, the day fostered a love of all things literary.

While full, the day was not complete until the Principal’s Pick awards were presented. The library has organized the Principal’s Picks into two separate collections: graphic (with illustrations) and prose. There are more than two stories.

To read two of the award-winning stories, please visit the San Jose Public Library’s site:

https://library.biblioboard.com/anthology/83f73cc3-0b2e-4a0c-a465-cb3f838f19/collections/masonry.