Children’s authors coming to CRES |

Children’s authors coming to CRES

CARBONDALE – Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale will host three award-winning children’s authors as part of a new Visiting Author Series starting Monday.The series will feature visits by author Alexis O’Neill Monday and Tuesday, followed by author and illustrator Thomas Yezerski on March 7-8 and author Debbie Dadey on May 10.The authors will conduct assemblies and writing workshops with students at CRES to build on the school’s reading and writing programs. The grant-supported Visiting Authors Series will allow students to hear firsthand from successful authors about the challenges and the joy of writing.

“By putting children in touch with writers who are passionate about telling their stories, we inspire children to discover the powerful connection between imagination and writing,” CRES Principal Karen Olson said. O’Neill will present the evening program, “Be Bold, Be Proud – Read ALOUD!” open to the community at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the CRES East Campus, 160 Snowmass Dr. Free pizza from White House Pizza will be served at 6 p.m. This interactive program will feature children on stage using costumes and props to demonstrate fun, read-aloud techniques. The program will include tips for parents for cultivating their children’s enjoyment of literature and inspiring children in their own writing endeavors.

Parents of preschoolers also are invited to bring their children to O’Neill’s kindergarten assembly at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the CRES East Campus in Carbondale.The writer’s workshop-approach at CRES is based on the idea that students’ work in the classroom should mirror the work of writers in the real world. Students are encouraged to do what writers really do – research, explore, collect, interview, talk, read, ponder, co-author, draft, revise, edit and publish. O’Neill is the author of “Loud Emily” featured in Newsweek, “The Recess Queen” that was on the Los Angeles Times list of Best Selling Children’s Books and “Estela’s Swap,” a multicultural book about generosity and a unique California experience. O’Neill’s work has also been featured in the publications Cricket, Spider, Cobblestone, Calliope, Faces, Writer’s Digest, Children’s Book Review Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.

O’Neill teaches writing for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. A former elementary school teacher, she earned a Ph.D. in teacher education from Syracuse University. In addition to writing, she consults for museums and leads workshops for teachers on linking literacy, museums and the visual and performing arts.”There are lots of ways to tell a story – through words, music, dance, drama, pictures – the key is to play and find the way that makes your heart sing,” O’Neill said.The Visiting Authors Series is sponsored by CRES, Aspen Valley Community Foundation, the Town of Carbondale, Gordon Cooper Library, Comfort Inn, Novel-Tea Bookstore and White House Pizza.For information, visit

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