Field Trip! Steve Sheinkin visited the Central Branch of the Rochester Public Library today, and my fifth grade students, along with the 5th grade teachers and myself went! There is nothing more exciting, I think, than to hear an author talk about their work: their ideas, their process, their challenges. Some people get excited when they see a famous actor; I get excited when I see an author.
Steve talked to a large group of students about four of his recent titles: The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery; Bomb: The Race to Build- and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon; Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight For Civil Rights; and Lincoln’s Grave Robbers. Steve captivated the students with details from the books without giving too much away. He had just enough creepy/grossness factor to entertain a large group of 10-11 year olds and shared how he started writing, mostly by accident. He wanted to create films when he grew up, then started writing textbooks, then moved on to his fascinating narrative nonfiction books. He patiently answered questions from many students, autographed a book for a student, and even posed for a picture with me.
After the fifth graders listened to Steve talk, they had lunch in the courtyard on a beautiful sunny day. Then, we took the students to the children’s section to check out books! Some students were getting their own library card, others had brought their library cards from home. The students had an awesome time judging by the pictures below.