Engaging Families for Student Success

Chicago Author Visit Rewind!

November 16, 2015


Over the past few weeks in Chicago, Turning the Page hosted numerous authors at our partner schools for this semester’s Author Visits. At LEARN Charter (Romano-Butler campus), we hosted Winner of the 2015 Sydney Taylor Award, Jim Aylesworth, who shared his book Old Black Fly and his writing process. At Legacy Charter, accomplished author and illustrator, Matthew Cordell, read his book Wish and talked about how he develops the characters for his books. New York Times Bestselling Author, Aaron Reynolds, visited with families at Kellman Elementary and creeped us out with his award winning book, Creepy Carrots! And at Sumner Elementary, decorated author and former teacher, Candace Fleming, and award winning illustrator, Eric Rohmann, shared the inspiration behind their book, Oh, No!


Here are some of the memorable moments from our parents:

“The best part of tonight was the author’s reading, however, the most informative section was the illustration of how a story turns into a books.” – Kellman Parent, 2015

“The interaction between the author and the children. I loved the energy of the author. I also like that the children were able to place a face (in the reenactment of how a book is created and published) and actually meet a real author. He was positive and motivating to the children.” – Sumner Parent, 2015

“Mr. Reynolds’ spirit. He’s a ‘George Jefferson’ jumping out of the TV.” – Sumner Parent 2015

“The author animation of his voice and storytelling. The author did a great job of engaging the scholar’s attention.” – LEARN Parent, 2015

“Learning about the author’s process and what gave him inspirations to go forward after being rejected.” – Legacy Parent, 2015AV2


Written by Rosondunni Marshall