Thursday, January 26, 2012

104. Meet Christopher Paul Curtis

I found out in December that one of my favorite "children's" authors, Christopher Paul Curtis would be coming to our school.  I was pretty excited.  He is the author of the book, "Bud, not Buddy." It is probably my favorite book out there. It is the first (and only) book to have won both the Newberry Award and the Coretta Scott King award. That is a pretty big deal.
If every guest author that our school had come visit was as engaging as Mr. Curtis I would enjoy our assemblies more. He was a fantastic storyteller.
Bud, not Buddy is about an African American boy named Bud who is out on his own in the 1930s and in search of his father. Each year I read the book to my students and each year they really get into it.

Danny Glover's brother?

Mr. Curtis is traveling around trying to get people excited about his new book, "The Mighty Miss Malone."  It is a book that runs parallel with "Bud, not Buddy" as far as the time frame, some of the setting and a couple of the characters. I really liked it.  It is hard for me sometimes to find books that I like to read that have girls as the lead character.

This wasn't a goal, but it was a big deal to me.

1 comment:

Mom said...

Just this very day I had a student come into the library and ask if we had that book. I am always so happy to be able to say yes and lead them to the book. Kids frequently browse and find it, but how ironic that this is the book/author you wrote about today!