You are probably familiar with the Claire’s Day book festival, but did you know that the Claire’s Day authors and illustrators also visit local schools?
For the past eight years, during the week leading up to the Claire’s Day family book festival in May, the Claire’s Day authors and illustrators visit classrooms around the region as a way to enhance the students’ literary experience. These school visits include entertaining, experiential, educational presentations and story telling that encourage students to use their imagination, enjoy literature, and to pursue reading as a regular activity. Since the authors and illustrators describe their creative writing process and the process of publishing a children’s book, students also get an understanding of how a book arrives completed in their hands. In 2012, an estimated 10,000 students participated in an author’s visit at 20 schools.
This year, the authors and illustrators will visit with students from 23 local schools, including 5 Toledo Public Schools that have not previously participated (thanks to a generous grant from the Toledo Rotary Foundation). Participating schools include:
- Toledo Public Schools: Walbridge Elementary, Beverly Elementary, Marshall Elementary, Reynolds Elementary, Keyser Elementary
- Rossford School District: Eagle Point Elementary, Indian Hills Elementary, Glenwood Elementary
- Anthony Wayne School District: Monclova Elementary
- Springfield School District: Holloway Elementary
- Northwood School District: Olney Elementary
- Perrysburg School District: Fort Meigs Elementary, Toth Elementary
- Maumee School District: Fairfield Elementary, Fort Miami Elementary, Wayne Trail Elementary
- Defiance School District: Definace Elementary School
- Swanton School District: Park Elementary
- Private and Community Schools: Bennett Venture Academy, Gesu School, Grove Patterson Academy, Queen of the Apostles, Rosary Cathedral
We can’t wait to meet your students and watch their imaginations soar with their visiting authors and illustrators!