A personal connection to a book is the number one thing that inspires children to read that book. That’s why author visits to elementary schools are such a powerful way to promote reading.
Kids leave Annie’s show wanting to write their own stories.
- Amber Thompson, Programs Chair, Carr Elementary PTSAc
Students are inspired to read when they can buy the book they just helped come alive on stage. It’s even better when the author of that book just happens to live right here in Southern California! They see the book writing process in action when we write a story outline during the assembly and then they want to write their own stories. (Seriously, you can hear them talk about it at recess!)
My class is so excited about reading. Several of them are writing stories for the contest.
-Linda Veik, 1st Grade Teacher, Hemlock Elementary
Yes, results! With my fun curriculum-based follow-up materials and the chance for students to buy their own copy of the book, you can extend the lesson far beyond the date of my visit. In addition, schools who combine daytime assemblies with a book fair family fun night have a huge increase in family attendance that night and they see a huge increase in book fair sales.
The biggest success was seen later that night at our Family Reading Night. We had the largest crowd that night compared to all other events that we’ve had so far this school year. We attribute the large turnout to you! The kids LOVED your 6-foot balloon, which was definitely the highlight of the day…and night! We had good book sales that night, which, as you know, we desperately needed to help fund our library. We know that it was because of your assemblies earlier in the day that the kids begged their parents to bring them at night.
— Renee Collard, Anaverde Hills PTA
If you want to talk more about how you can get these benefits for your school, just click on the button below send me an email. I’ll get back to you quickly and give you everything you need to show your principal, librarian, or PTA/PTSA that having an author visit your elementary school is the best way to get your students reading even more than ever!