In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Laurel Snyder Skype Visit:
What a gift of time Laurel Snyder provided to my Year 6/5th grade students. She provided a Skype visit to our school not only accommodating our 12 hour time difference but also inspiring many writers and readers. I was quite excited to promote Laurel’s books, specifically Bigger than a Breadbox. (We had this visit over four weeks ago, playing catch-up.)
I’ve had the bonus of listening to students after the visit share what they took away with writing tips and then additionally having a fantastic author come visit students and see the interconnected messages as well. (More about Lenore Look’s visit on another day.)
Laurel Snyder’s Webpage: http://laurelsnyder.com
For now, here were my favorite take-aways from Laurel Snyder:
Boredom is powerful. (You can get the best ideas if you’re just given a little time to think.)
If more people would be honest, direct, and clear the world would be a better place.
Laurel loves writing poems.
Theme in her books: Parents forget to take care of kids and also let kids make own decisions.
Take advantage of every opportunity
Read a lot
Turn the world off
Write a little bit every day
Figure out what you didn’t think you knew
Writing picture books is fun…
Danger for young writers- being published too soon.
A few weeks after the visit, I saw the fantastic books Wonder by R.J. Palacio and Bigger than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder being read by a student, was excited to snap this picture. Another student approached me and commented on how she found it interesting that there was a parallel between Laurel Snyder’s personal story and Bigger than a Breadbox. I have not see copies of the books, they’re returned and automatically turned around and placed into another student’s hands!