Having authors visit my school will NEVER get old! It is such an amazing experience for my students (and me)!
For Christina Diaz Gonzalez’s visit, she was at our school for half a day (we were splitting with another middle school), but we were able to fit in 2 presentations and book signings during this time.
The first presentation was to our two-way dual language students, and Christina gave the presentation completely in Spanish! It was awesome to support the magnet program and literacy! For this presentation, she talked a bit more about Red Umbrella because my Spanish Honors teacher plans to teach the book.
The second presentation was to our Student Literacy Leaders, 7th grade Latinos in Action, Lunch Book Club members, and several students who signed up to fill in the last of the 75 available spots. This presentation was focused on promoting her newest book, Concealed, which we were able to give a copy to each student who attended! After the presentation, Christina signed each students book and chatted with each student.
It was a whirlwind of an visit, but it was wonderful! I highly recommend Christina Diaz Gonzalez for visits–she was engaging, interesting, and the students loved her! I asked my Student Literacy Leaders to reflect on the visit, and here are some of their responses:
- I really liked the author and she seemed like a great person and learning about her secret dream of being an author and her becoming one was honestly really inspirational.
- It was very inspirational! I also loved how passionate she seemed about writing and reading books.
- My favorite part was when she was talking about her idea process and how she got the idea for Concealed.
- I learned that being an author doesn’t mean you need to have your whole book planned out from chapter to chapter, as long as you have a start and finish, you could write a book.
- I learned that anyone can be an author if they enjoy it.
- The visit was important to me because I love meeting an author and seeing what they are like outside of what is written in their books.
- The visit was important because she was a Latina author, and I haven’t met that many female authors of color.
- The visit was important to me because it was a new experience for me when it comes to visiting authors and getting a little sneak peek of their life. I enjoyed every second of it and getting a signed book for free just seemed like a huge honor.
- It was important because it was my first time meeting an author!
- The visit was important to me because it gave me (alongside others) a chance to take things in from an author’s perspective; it really was refreshing to hear and gain a sense of.
- I learned that even if there’s no motivation left is to always push through the matter/problem.
Thank you so much, Christina, for this wonderful visit!