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Authors Share words of wisdom at McKenna

Author Amy McCoy, winner of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Children's Fiction, spoke to students in third, fourth and fifth grades on Jan. 21. She discussed her realistic fiction book, “Little Big Sister,” which is told from the perspective of a sibling who is growing up with a brother with special needs. During her presentation, she talked to children about the writing process and the steps it takes to publish a book. Ms. McCoy also emphasize the importance of acceptance and kindness.

The following day, author Michael Dotsikas visited kindergartners, first and second graders. He is known for the “Benjamin Birdie” books and read aloud the second book in that series, “Benjamin Birdie and the Tree Dwellers.” The book has an important message about friendship along with an education appendix of animal fun facts. Mr. Dotsikas discussed how a book is created, transforming from an idea to a finished product.

The author visits were presented in partnership with the McKenna PTA. Both programs concluded with question and answer sessions, allowing students to pick the brains of the accomplished writers.