Last school year, several students participated in a "for fun" Language Arts book club with me during Targets Time. Evan, Ivy, Sarah, Megan, Rylee, and Coco - currently 7th grade students - read the book Lousiana's Way Home, by Kate DiCamillo. Together, these students read the book, held weekly discussions, & created a group project for the main character, Lousiana. This book was universally loved by our entire group!
Fortunately during this year's Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, the author of Lousiana's Way Home spoke at the Capitol Theater/Overture Center... and our group traveled to see her! After a filling dinner at Noodles & Company and dessert at Kilwin's on State Street, we made our way to the Capitol Theater and heard Kate DiCamillo speak about her writing inspirations, beloved story characters, and how she continues to develop as a world-renowned children's book author.
It's pretty cool that students connected with this book & had the opportunity to hear from the author herself!