We had another book-filled day at bookworm camp! We continued talking about Breadcrumbs this morning and had a great conversation about Hazel and Jack. It led to researching Montessori schools, forest kindergarten, school closings in Minnesota, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Anderson, and age-appropriate behavior. We talked for close to an hour! Then we watched Pixar’s “The Little Match Girl” short from a few years ago.
After that, we dove into learning about how books go from an idea in someone’s head to the printed book in the bookstore. We talked about agents and slush piles, editors and publishing houses. Then I shared Kate Messner’s Revision Gallery presentation with them. They sat at the tables in amazement as we looked at the revision process through the eyes of real authors. None of the campers had any idea that authors spend months revising their work. And they felt better about their own writing when they saw the grammar edits and “show don’t tell” comments on many of the drafts. I can’t thank Kate enough for the presentation because it is always enlightening for my kids.
Once again, we read 30 pages of Liar & Spy before lunch. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a great read aloud for middle school students!
After lunch, we spent an hour reading our own books. It was absolutely glorious. When I announced that it was time to move on, they actually groaned! It’s a dream spending time with students who love reading this much!
Finally, we watched most of Chip Kidd’s TED talk, “Designing Books is No Laughing Matter. Ok, It Is“. (There are no words to describe my love affair with TED talks.) Chip Kidd is a well-known and respected book cover artist and his TED talk is funny and thought-provoking. The campers really loved it and we had a great conversation about book design afterwards. I shared this tumblr with them and we discussed redesigning book covers for new generations. And we took a look at some of Melissa Walker’s Cover Stories to learn about the process behind some of their favorite books. I think they learned a lot and they really enjoyed it.
Looking forward to continuing with my campers tomorrow. This week is flying by!