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Author Day inspires reading and creativity

Waterman School students were amused, entertained and inspired by visiting author Suzanne Bloom at this year's PTC sponsored Author Day.

Bloom is the author and illustrator of books for children, including "A Splendid Friend," Indeed-chosen as the 2007 PA One Book; "Treasure"; "No Place for a Pig"; and "We Keep a Pig in the Parlor." She is also the illustrator of Melissa Parkington's "Beautiful, Beautiful Hair"; "My Special Day at Third Street School"; and "Girls A to Z."

Bloom read, drew and entertained during sessions throughout the day. With her sharp memory for childhood and her ability to put those feelings and observations into words, she inspired students to create.

Preparing for Author Day also inspired students to read.

The event coincided with Gold Coin Reading Week. Teacher Pam Anastasio suggested the week as a way of connecting families to the visiting author event. Students were encouraged to read books at home and to bring in large paper coins with the name of each book they read. Students ended up reading 1,722 books. "I never thought the school would reach 1722 books," Anastasio said. "We had the whole school involved from speech teachers to music and art teachers who all helped reach such a high number. I definitely think bringing the coins to school was a big incentive even though we didn't have a goal or prize."

Anastasio said that as a parent and a teacher, she has noticed that students "will read more at home if there is something tangible like a coin that comes back to school to show the class that a book was read. We had books from all authors both picture and chapter. I had a lot of enthusiasm for Gold Coin Reading Week with over 75 percent of my class participating."

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