On Thursday, March 5, author Linda Sue Park visited Swanson Elementary to speak to all district 5th graders and Swanson 4th graders - 700+ students and staff members.
Park’s visit was in promotion of her new book, Prairie Lotus, which was released on March 3. The story focuses on a biracial girl in 1880’s America determined to get an education, and her accompanying presentation discussed the importance of learning history from different points of view to make the story of American history a little more complete. She challenged students to #1 - read as much as possible, because it lights up more areas of your brain than any other activity to #2 strengthen your mind so you can #3 change the world. Following her presentation, Linda Sue answered questions from students and signed copies of her book.
Linda Sue Park is a New York Times bestselling children’s book author and recipient of the 2002 Newbery Award for her book, A Single Shard. She also serves on the Advisory Board for We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit whose mission is to put more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of children. You can view Linda Sue’s TEDTalk here.
This visit was sponsored by Elmbrook's community partner, Boswell Books. This school year, numerous award-winning authors are scheduled to visit the district as a continuation of our joint initiative to engage students in reading and writing. Click here to see more upcoming author visits.