Ridgeview students celebrate reading

New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix attends an author luncheon with Ridgview students (from left to right) Cole Arnold, Jack Mermilliod, Myka Stephens and Bennett Crawford.

There has been a heavy focus on reading over the last couple weeks at Ridgeview. A celebration of Dr. Seuss, a visit from a New York Times bestselling author and an artistic celebration with book illustrator Michael P. White have all taken place in recent days.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday coincides with Read Across America Day, which led to a weeklong celebration at Ridgeview from March 2-6. Students spent the week dressing in different themes and reading the works of Dr. Seuss. The school held its 12th annual used book drive during the week, which culminated in a “Sock Hop” event for K-4 students.

Second-grader Camille Bledsoe dresses up for Fox in Socks Friday.

New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix visited the school on March 10. Haddix has written more than 40 books for kids and teens and has won several awards. She gave three presentations to the students at Ridgeview, held a writing workshop and attended an author luncheon.

On March 16, Michael P. White paid a visit to Ridgeview to focus on the artistic side of literature. The Atlanta-based illustrator has had his work featured in many galleries, including a show at the Hudgens Center highlighting illustrations used in children’s books.

Brittney Pearson and her children, Jack and Kelsey Pearson, got into the spirit of Many Colored Monday during Dr. Seuss Week.

White gave three presentations on his work, which was included in The Library Dragon, winner of the 1997 Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award. His illustrations were also included in Return of the Library Dragon, which also garnered several awards.


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