Gaithersburg
Book Festival
Saturday
May 20, 2017 10am - 6pm
Gaithersburg
City Hall
Grounds
Gaithersburg
Book Festival
Saturday
May 20, 2017 10am - 6pm
Gaithersburg
City Hall
Grounds

Opportunity for Deeper Connection with Authors and Illustrators

Posted By: Robin Materese

January 4, 2016

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by Melissa A. McDonald, MLS

As an elementary school librarian, my favorite part of the Gaithersburg Book Festival is the opportunity to listen to the children’s book authors and illustrators read their books and talk about their inspiration and their craft. I can read a book aloud to my students with enthusiasm, providing the voices of the different characters, and emphasizing what I think are the important parts on each page. However, nothing compares to an author reading aloud his or her own book to their adoring audience, or watching the illustrator start with a blank piece of white poster paper and creating the book characters in front of our eyes. It is magical! That moment when the author and illustrator connect with his or her readers is a great one indeed.

Throughout my school library, I have pictures of myself with authors and illustrators — I think it is important to show my students that the people who create their favorite books are real people — to show them the connection we have through their written word and art. When I am able, I like to video their talk and book reading, and love to share with my students as most of them are unable to attend events such as these.

Marilyn's Monster by Michelle Knudsen and Matt PhelanLast year I enjoyed Michelle Knudsen’s reading of “Marilyn’s Monster” and listening to Michelle Knudsen and Matt Phelan discuss how they worked together to create the book. Because of these videos, my students were able to connect with the book, the author and the illustrator on a deeper level than if I had simply read the book to them.  For this, I am deeply grateful, and hope that this is one way in which I can encourage life-long readers.

Melissa A. McDonald is a school library media specialist with Montgomery County Public Schools and a member of the Gaithersburg Book Festival planning committee.

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The Gaithersburg Book Festival is one of the nation's premier literary events, featuring talks and signings by some of the world's top authors, writing workshops, children's activities and performances, literary exhibitors, book sales, music, food, and fun for everyone!
Starts: 05/21/2016 10:00
Duration: 6 hours:
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