Posts Tagged With: school author visits

Author Visits For Schools And How to Approach The Reluctant Reader Creature

When it comes to school visits, I like to do things a little different. If you look at the picture below, which was taken  at Fulbright Junior High in Bentonville, Arkansas, you will notice some things are missing.

A Stage. A Microphone. A Huge Assembly of Students.

While working with small groups, 100 or less, requires me to repeat the same session 3-5 times each author visit, it’s worth the extra effort. I connect with students more effectively in this manner, allowing direct interaction. Kids are much less intimidated by their fellow students in small groups, allowing them to ask questions freely and join discussions. It gives kids the feeling of being included in the process instead of simply watching a show up on the stage.

 

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Thinking back on my memories of being a young reluctant reader, I must warn you about something. There are certain students who require a different approach.

Some reluctant readers are mysterious creatures. Approach carefully, stealthily, or they will dash to the door!

I was one of those.

My only advice would be this. Do not come at them with books in your hands, offering something to read. This is the equivalent of Superman’s kryptonite. They will immediately make a speedy exit or simply push away each book you offer. Instead, pull out your bag of tricks and get your reluctant readers to help you. Kids want to feel important and be treated like adults. Give them that opportunity by asking for their advice. The next time you need to buy a gift for your niece/nephew/child, find one of your reluctant readers and ask what is one of their favorite movies or games for the purpose of choosing a gift for your family member. Use that information to search for a related book and then ask for their advice again, saying you would like to give your friend/family member a book as part of the gift. Since the reluctant reader suggested the movie or game, ask if they would read some of the book and give their opinion on your choice. It sounds like a lot of work but this is how you can help young students discover their specific combination of story requirements that may ultimately get them hooked on reading. At the very least, you have directly involved them in the process of choosing a book and made them feel important.

 

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Arkansas Author is First – Two Time Winner of Historical Association’s Susannah DeBlack Award

James Babb’s first novel The Devil’s Backbone won the Arkansas Historical Association’s Susannah DeBlack award in 2015- pictured below.

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In April 2018, Babb’s novel titled The Devil’s Den won the same award, making him the first two-time recipient – pictured below.

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The Devil’s Den was published by Plum Street in 2017.

Babb writes historical fiction with a steady stream of action and adventure. His first series has drawn special attention from reluctant readers and racked up a total of six awards.

For author school visit information contact James at silverinkbooks @ windstream . net

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Introducing The Readers Are Leaders Scholarship

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James Babb started this Midland High School scholarship to benefit a former reluctant reader who now embraces the reading experience and the ability of a book to expand the student’s knowledge and imagination.

James was a reluctant reader when he attended Midland Schools. In his thirties, he became an author of historical fiction books for reluctant readers. The Readers Are Leaders Scholarship will be awarded to someone who did not give up on reading.

Click the link below for more information and to print the scholarship application.

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Foreman School Visit

James visited Foreman recently and was delighted with how excited the students were about his books. It was a school visit that he will not forget. James was invited to eat with a few of the leaders of the reading counts program and enjoyed the meal and discussions.

“Foreman was great to me and I want to thank them for everything.” Lunch with the Author - Foreman

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Fort Smith Treasure Hunt – The Devil’s Den

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This is one of the items in Todd’s Treasure Box. It’s a haversack that Brody used in the books! Inside this haversack you will find all sorts of neat things.

Brody and Todd hid the treasure box in 1881 and it was never found. It’s hidden in Fort Smith and if you are the first to find it, you can keep Todd’s Treasures! You can use clues in this series of books to get you there. The Devil’s Den will be released September 2017! Get your treasure hunting brain ready.

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The Devil’s Den James Babb Preorders

Hot off the press! Advance copies of James Babb’s newest installment in The Devil’s Backbone series! Fans of Brody and Ames don’t have to wait much longer! You can place prepublication orders at plumstreetpublishers.com.

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Get Ready! The Devil’s Den Treasure Hunt starts soon!

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This is one of the items in Todd’s Treasure Box. It’s a real arrowhead like Todd had in The Devil’s Trap. This tiny arrowhead was actually found by the author while he was hunting in Arkansas.

Brody and Todd hid the treasure box in 1881 and it was never found. It’s hidden in Fort Smith and if you are the first to find it, you can keep Todd’s Treasures! You can use clues in this series of books to get you there. The Devil’s Den will be released September 2017! Get your treasure hunting brain ready.

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