Second grade students at Eastern Elementary School are now part of an elite group – that of published authors.
Students in Carmen Moore, Sarah Lyons and Kristian Banta’s classrooms collaborated with Student Treasures Publishing to write and illustrate a class book. Students moved through the entire publishing process, from rough drafts to editing to submitting final versions of an illustration page and an information page about an animal of their choice. The books are full of information and original artwork about panda bears, jaguars, great white sharks and more!
Today, Banta and Moore presented the books to their students in a surprise reveal. Thanks to parent and teacher purchases and donations, each student will be able to take a book home.
“We are so excited for them and cannot wait to see the look on their faces when they see their published book for the first time,” Moore said before the event.
The library absolutely buzzed with excitement as students received their copies, found the pages they had authored and illustrated and began sharing with each other.
“This is my page,” Katie Peed said excitedly. “I drew this hippo!”
Similar conversations took place at each table as students were eager to show their teachers, principal and peers their published work.
A copy of each book will also be catalogued into Eastern’s library offerings so it can be checked out by other students. There are already plans to use the book as an instructional tool for other classes, like writing book reviews.