Author Roni Schotter recently met with youngsters in Croton:
Students at Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School in the Croton-Harmon School District were offered the opportunity to meet with multi award-winning author Roni Schotter, who has written more than 29 children’s books, including picture books, story picture books for middle readers and novels for young adults. Her stories celebrate the power of the imagination and the “extraordinary courage of children who think for themselves and dare to reach out to the larger world.”
“Pay attention to the world and notice interesting details,” advised the author as she explored the five senses with her young audiences. Ms. Schotter also encouraged the students to “collect interesting words” as she and the students shared words that they felt had interesting sounds and discussed the art of writing and the power of metaphors, similes and alliteration. She also encouraged the students to stretch their imaginations and ask “What if…?” The inspired audience brainstormed many ideas with the author, whose titles include “The Boy Who Loved Words,” “The House of Joyful Living” and “Captain Snap and the Children of Vinegar Lane.”
Many students were curious as to how a book actually becomes a book. Ms. Schotter demystified the process by explaining where some of her ideas originated and the way in which she captured these ideas, displaying some of her original notebooks with ideas and many, many revisions, artist sketches and large printed sheets directly off the press. The printing and binding processes were also discussed before she presented a finished, bound book. The CET PTA paid for Ms. Schotter’s visit as part of the Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program.