by Kathryn Bailey
No in-person author visits this year? No problem! The ever dynamic and flexible Maine author Lynn Plourde presented to remote and in person Pre-K – 2 students at Atwood Primary on May 6th and one for 3-5 students at Williams Elementary (including remote students), on May 12.
Atwood students were thoroughly engaged in her interactive presentations as they listened to the author read from her books Go, Grandpa Go; Go, Grandma, Go; Moose, Of Course!, and participated in sign language activities. At the end of each session students were able to ask Lynn their burning questions about writing, how books are made and the color of her favorite water bottle, which by the way, is purple.
Students at Williams were treated to a presentation on Lynn’s only middle grade novel Maxi’s Secrets and given some exciting news about a new novel in the works. Students were given a tour of her office at home where she writes and were able to ask questions such as, “How many times do you have to write the book?” to which Lynn replied to a sea of unbelieving faces, that on average she has about 8 drafts. Advice was also solicited about writer’s block. Lynn, as always, handled each question and story offered up with respect and her usual thoughtfulness.
Thanks to our ever generous PTA, students enrolled in both Atwood and Williams went home with a signed copy of Moose, Of Course! Or Maxi’s Secrets, respectively. Thank you to teachers for handling the muting, unmuting and navigating the wonders of Google Meets to make this happen for our students. Hopefully, everyone enjoyed our first, and hopefully last, remote school wide author visit.