Two accomplished authors made virtual presentations to Lower School classes on Monday, February 22, continuing a tradition of welcoming writers to Norfolk Academy.
In most years, the Lower School welcomes authors to campus as a way to help instill a love of reading in young students. But visitors are not allowed on campus during the school day this year, as a safety measure amid the worldwide pandemic.
So, two authors made virtual appearances.
Kristyn Crow, the author of 10 children's picture books, including her latest, All Aboard the Moonlight Train, spoke with grades 1-2. Among her other books are Zombelina, Bedtime at the Swamp, and Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird!
Mrs. Crow's books use rhythm and rhyme. She talked with the young students about generating story ideas, showing them some pieces she wrote when she was their age. Her writings back then were basic, emphasizing her message: Anyone can become a writer. She also taught grammar lessons, showing the students how to piece together stories in ways that keep the reader engaged.
J. Scott Savage, the author of 19 published novels, who has presented at more than 3,000 schools, spoke with grades 3-6. Mr. Savage's writing has earned a Junior Library Guild Select honor and received starred reviews from Kirkus. His titles include the Case File 13, FarWorld, and Mysteries of Cove series. His latest book, The Lost Wonderland Diaries, fits in well with the theme for NA's current school year, the Year of Courage. The book emphasizes having the courage to be yourself and have confidence in your abilities.
Mr. Savage also taught the students creative ways to write stories. He explained different genres, and gave them tips on engaging readers.
Afterward, Mr. Savage gave his appreciation for the inquisitiveness students showed.
“Thank you so much for having us!," Mr. Savage wrote on Instagram. “The kids were so creative and it was a joy to talk with them."
Thank you to both authors for helping the students!