Children’s Author Visits Northwest Students

Children’s Author Visits Northwest Students

Barbara Garriel, a Long Island children’s author, visited Northwest Elementary School on Jan. 18 and 19 to talk to students about the importance of reading and writing.

Garriel, who has published more than a dozen books, read “I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello” to the children. She discussed the ways she comes up with ideas for stories, the editing and revision process, and working with an illustrator.

Her visit supported the district’s new Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop initiative, an approach that creates more personalized instruction for students through the use of reading and writing conferences, mentor texts and leveled libraries. Garriel, a former elementary school teacher, spoke about the literary devices she uses in her own writing such as rhyming and creating imagery with action words.

“Students are now seeing themselves as readers and writers,” said instructional coach Lorie Beard. “We felt it was important to bring someone in who does this for a living, so they can see the connection. We’re trying to really foster a genuine, authentic love for reading and writing.”