During the summer, I was able to chat via Twitter with author Liesl Shurtliff. Liesl is the author of the acclaimed “true story” of RUMP! I asked her if she was ever to come out to Utah that maybe…just maybe she might visit my school. I thought this was a long shot since Salt Lake City is so far away from where I live in Southern Utah.
She replied that her family was living in Southern Utah…40 miles away…and that “sure, I think I could make it down when I visit.”
I was excited. Super excited. Actually I was ecstatic!
Fast forward several months. I received the message that she was planning to come and that I needed to set up the schedule and order some books.
She agreed to visit and do a writing activity with each grade level (3, 4, 5, and an extended learning program for 40 minutes).
The Extended Learning Program (which basically allows for an extension for kids who need it) created banners for her visit.
I also ordered books and we sold 46 copies. What’s awesome is the Liesl signed each copy.
When she came to our school, she was ready to visit students and work in classrooms. Here are some pictures of her visits to classrooms. It was incredible.
We went out to lunch and talked writing, books, and of course The Nerdy Book Club!
She came back and worked with a few more grade levels…and read out of her book for the third grade students. Awesome.
How was I able to do this? How was I able to ask, coordinate, and execute this visit?
I built a relationship with Liesl. I believe we are friends now. Relationships are key when bringing authors into the classroom and into the school. It really is all about relationships. I am going to talk more about building these relationships in other posts because I believe this the key and through this students really do benefit from it.