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Experiencing Poetry with Author Carole Boston Weatherford

Author Carole Boston Weatherford performs poems to students.

“You have to practice, practice, practice, to be a good writer and a good reader” is what I learned yesterday said Carter Brown about a visit with author Carole Boston Weatherford.

Carter Brown, a kindergarten student in Amanda Bell’s class, and all of the students at Poplin Elementary got a chance to interact and visit with author Carole Boston Weatherford on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Weatherford’s visit was planned for March 2nd to celebrate Read Across America Day and the anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Other students were also excited about the author's visit.  "One day I might visit this school because I'm going to be a book writer," said Dylan Williamson, a second grader in Jessica Cosgrove's class.  Williamson said now he writes comic books and that the was inspired by the author's visit.

During the presentations, students listened, pounded drums, passed a rainmaker, snapped fingers, and did a shake and shimmy with their hands as they kept the rhythm of the poems.

Weatherford is a New York Times Best Selling author who has written 40 books. Her books have won a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, two Coretta Scott King Honors, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award, the Jefferson Cup, the Carter G. Woodson Award from National Council for the Social Studies, the NAACP Image Award and two North Carolina Juvenile Literature Awards. Her best-known titles include Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom; Becoming Billie Holiday; Birmingham, 1963; and Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins. Her latest releases are First Pooch: The Obamas Pick a Pet, Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing’s African-American Champion, The Library Ghost and I, Matthew Henson. Ms. Weatherford is a professor at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Following the presentations, students Darryl Little, Abby Burchard and Lizzie Covert, along with a few staff members, won a chance to eat lunch with Weatherford.

Written by: Beth Medlin, Media Coordinator
Video by: Don Mace, UCPS Web Communications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 03, 2011 by Beth Medlin

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