As part of their Pick A Reading Partner program, students at Abbey Lane Elementary School heard from children's book author Brian Heinz on Jan. 28. With the support of the Abbey Lane School PTA, Mr. Heinz spoke to students about being an author, his love of reading and animals.
Mr. Heinz has published more than 15 books with a new novel being released this fall. Due to many of his books focusing on animals, Mr. Heinz explained to the students that writers must do research before they write. He shared stories about his travels with the classes and his past encounters with the animals that he has written about. The students were engaged and laughed along with his humorous stories.
Mr. Heinz also explained the process of a book getting published and into the hands of readers. He walked them through the start of an idea to the rough draft, finished manuscript, artist and more. Mr. Heinz's visit was one of many PARP events that Abbey Lane students participated in. They also engaged in book "tastings," Read-A-Shirt Day, Read-A-Recipe Day, scavenger hunt and book swap and more.