I love it when we can have authors visit the library, and recently we had Doug Dillon, a local author from Orlando, visit for our quarterly Breakfast of Reading Champions. This event is something I work with our literacy coach and reading teachers to hold to award our intensive reading students who have been performing well or making learning gains. The students are always excited for any chance to get out of class and have free breakfast, but whenever I can get a local author as our guest speaker it’s an extra special treat. It helps when the author is also a great speaker, and that was the case with Mr. Dillon.
I think the students were happy to see their hometown as the setting in the book, and Mr. Dillon captivated them with his stories of how the characters and story came to be.
Mr. Dillon signed a copy of his book, Sliding Beneath the Surface, for each student, too. Some of the students didn’t realize their book was signed until they got back to class- it was a nice surprise!
The sequel to Sliding Beneath the Surface is out now, so I asked Mr. Dillon if he would come back next year and speak again, and fortunately he agreed. Local authors rock!
For more information about this event and about Doug Dillon, you can visit his blog at http://dougdillon.com/2013/12/17/rewarding-reading-excellence-in-schools/.