We prepared for the visit by reading both of Drew's books and doing a few related activities. Kindergarten and first grade students drew pictures and wrote sentences about their favorite parts of the books. Second grade students wrote a letter to Drew asking him a question or sharing their thoughts on the book. Some even pretended to be one of the crayons when writing their letter. We decorated our library with giant crayons and put up the students' work on all the walls. Drawing seven foot crayons took a minute, so even though Drew is gone, those decorations are staying up all year long.
The really nice thing about Drew's visit is that it was so easy to pull off. And that's thanks entirely to the absolutely amazing people at Avid Bookshop, our local independent book seller here in Athens, GA. I don't know all the details of what happens behind the scenes, but I'm thankful to have such an awesome resource in my town. If you get a chance to have Drew come speak at your school, GO FOR IT! You won't regret it.
Here are some more photos from the visit:
|Drew signing books|
|Drew talking to the students before reading his books|
|Green and Blue Crayon welcoming visitors to our library|
|Purple and Red Crayons are pals|