This afternoon, our 5th grade got to see two author/illustrators, and they were fantastic! We heard Matt Holm, illustrator of the Babymouse & Squish series, and now of the new graphic novel for older kids, Sunny Side Up. Matt showed us hilarious pictures of his sister Jenny and him growing up in the 1970s, the inspiration for Sunny Side Up. He talked to the kids about all the elements that go into creating a story...the setting, conflict, characters, and more. He talked about using your own experiences to inspire you, focusing on your passions, dreams, and hobbies.
Victoria Jamieson also talked about using your own experiences to help come up with ideas. Her first book was a picture book, called Olympig. Victoria loves the Olympics and even participated in her own neighborhood Olympics as a gymnast. One of her greatest disappointments in life seems to be not getting the gold (apparently her mom is a tough judge) and only getting the silver medal. She was also a derby girl, Winnie-the-Pow (greatest name EVER), and even kind of demonstrated a hip check on Matt! And she decided that it would be great to write a graphic novel about a girl's journey to be a derby girl. Victoria stressed that this story is also about an emotional journey where her main character, Astrid, grows apart from her best friend as they find new, separate interests. We love Roller Girl, the latest in a line of wonderful graphic novels for girls and boys about growing up and finding your way.
After some great questions from our fantastic 5th grade audience, Matt and Victoria signed a ton of books for our students! And you can see above that they both made us some wonderful posters for our media center! We can't wait to get them framed and have them hung. Thank you so much for making our Friday a spectacular one here at F.AVE!
Media Specialist at Fifth Avenue Upper Elementary in Decatur, GA