Budding authors in B'ville

Fourth-graders in teacher Sue Allen's class at McNamara Elementary School have become young authors after publishing their very own hard cover books.

"They love this project," Allen said adding the book publishing generated so much excitement in the classroom that the children were asking to work on their books on a daily basis.

Allen directed them to create a book about any topic, in any genre, and draw illustrations for it. Some children wrote fiction or poetry, and one budding comedian wrote a book of jokes. Each student created a rough draft of his or her prose and illustrations, as well as a cover design, and then copied everything over to a blank, hardbound journal. Some students added a dedication page, book reviews and a meet the author page to their publication.

When they were done, the fourth-graders took their books home to share with their families and to add to their home libraries. The project was such a hit that, before they were done publishing their first books, Allen's students began asking if they were going to be given a chance to write a second one.

Meghan Donahue, right, shares her book of poetry with her classmate Bailey Thompson at McNamara Elementary, where fourth-graders wrote and illustrated their own hard cover books.

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