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6th Grade Trip to Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival


On September 23, the 6th Grade attended the Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival in Seward, Nebraska. They had the opportunity to listen to Linda Sue Park, Brian Floca, and Trent Reedy.

Linda Sue Park shared a Korean tradition of when a baby turns 1 year old. The parents put items on the table and whichever item the baby chooses, indicates its future! Linda’s mother said that she chose a pen indicating that she would someday become a writer!

Linda also shared about the characters in her Wing and Claw book trilogy. She shared that she researches her characters by using the internet and confirms her findings with information from books. She mentioned that is it common to revise a book up to 36 times before it is ready for print!

She finished her talk by telling her audience about how the brain functions and how reading a book, exercises all areas of the brain!

Brian Floca shared his illustrations of his Caldecott Medal awarded book Locomotive. He shared his many drafts of his illustrations of the book. He shared that before he illustrates, he visits his topic to experience the smells, sounds, and the surroundings. His book Locomotive adventure begins in Omaha!

Brian encouraged the students to keep on drawing their ideas even as they get older and busier. They need to know that their drawing/sketches may not be perfect the first time. He stressed to enjoy life and to learn something new.

Trent Reedy shared his experiences from the National Guard and tours. He shared about his involvement in helping the children in other countries. His experiences are the basis of his books. He encouraged the students that when they write, not to expect perfection the first time! He suggests that it is good to read your work out loud to hear your character’s voices. It is easier to catch your mistakes when you hear yourself read opposed to when you only read your work.

Trent showed his manuscripts that have been returned for revision. The areas for revision were marked in red. He stated that the red marks are about his work and do not define him as a person. It is common to revise many times before a scripts goes to press.

The 6th graders were excited to hear and meet Trent Reedy as they are currently listening to his book Stealing Air during their lunchtime book club.


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