Vermont Author Visits Our School

On November 17, Morrisville, Vermont resident Grannie Snow visited Newport Town School. Snow is the author of a series of picture books entitled “The Adventures of Silas and Opal”, the third of which was just released a few months ago and the fourth of which is on its way. The books feature Snow’s cats Silas and Opal, the first of whom was adopted from an animal shelter and the second of whom was adopted from a house full of cats.

Snow read her books to and discussed them with an assembly of kindergarten through 3rd graders. After her presentation, Amy Mariotti of the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter in Orleans presented about the importance of animal adoption.

Grannie Snow reading to K-3
Grannie Snow reading to grades K-3
Amelia Mariotti- Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter
Amy of PMFAS presenting to grades K-3

After the assembly, Snow visited 4th grade’s library class and spoke to them about self-publishing.

Grannie Snow reading with 4th grade
Snow with 4th grade

Snow did the same with a class of 5th and 6th graders.

We were so pleased to have Grannie Snow visit and wish her all the best in her future endeavors! For more information about the series or to have Grannie visit your school or library, visit her website.



The Day the Crayons Came Home

I met the fabulous Drew Daywalt at the Red Clover Conference this year (his book The Day the Crayons Quit won the 2015 award) and was able to buy his new book The Day the Crayons Came Home. He even signed it for us!

I decided to read this to my 3rd grade class today and they LOVED it. I find that Daywalt’s books have a humor that appeals more to older kids and adults, so I thought trying it out with 3rd grade would be a good experiment. And it definitely was a success!

In the book, different crayons that have been lost by their young owner write postcards to him, beseeching him to rescue them from under the couch, from the basement, and elsewhere! To complement this, I printed out postcard templates and cut them out and had my class write a postcard to someone in the building. Most of them chose our principal and her dog, but others chose their teacher and one chose their sibling (aww!) Here we are holding the book and our postcards.


Of course, we tweeted our photo to Drew Daywalt (@drewdaywalt) to show him how much we loved his book!

This is a great activity to do with 3rd graders if you have a good 30 minutes. Good luck!