Visiting Author Engages, Inspires Students

Author Aaron Reynolds Shares Passion for Books
Posted on 02/07/2019
Childrens Author Aaron Reynolds talks to students at Westmoor School

Kindergarten through fifth-grade students were treated to a full helping of fun and a side of inspiration when author Aaron Reynolds visited Meadowbrook, Westmoor and Greenbriar Schools Feb. 5-7.

The Chicago-area children’s author has picture books, graphic novels and chapter books to his credit, including “Creepy Carrots,” “Creepy Pair of Underwear,” “Nerdy Birdy,” and “Caveboy Dave,” and “Dude” to name a few.

He gears each presentation to the age group and focuses on interactive fun and inspiration.

 “I hated books as a kid,” Reynolds said between presentations at Meadowbrook School on Feb. 5. “Reading looked quiet and boring until my fifth-grade teacher, Mr. Hunter, read to us from a chapter book every day. I was spellbound.”

Reynolds hopes to instill some of that excitement and passion for reading in the students he visits at 75 to 100 schools a year.

“My hope is when they see me and how excited and passionate I am about books, they will be all the more excited to go to the library. And if they aren’t sure, they will start to think maybe there is something to this whole book thing, because books are everything.”

After he finishes his six-month stint visiting schools, he will return to his current project, a new chapter book series scheduled to come out next year called “Fart Quest.”

“It’s a fantasy-adventure-comedy with a fair amount of potty humor in it and a whole lot of heart,” Reynolds said.

 Author Aaron Reynolds plays a quiz game with two students at Westmoor School

Caption: Bret Perry and Hope Anetsberger sport the ‘nerd’ costume props provided by author Aaron Reynolds in order to play the ‘Nerd’ game during the author’s visit to Westmoor School on Feb. 6. Reynolds talked about the theme and inspiration for his book “Nerdy Birdy” with second- and third-grade students during his three-day visit to District 28 elementary schools.