As part of “March Into Reading,” a celebration of children’s books presented by the Aquidneck Collaborative for Education and Salve Regina University, writer Laura Gates Galvin visited St. Michael’s third through sixth graders. An award-winning author of over one hundred children’s books, Ms. Gates Galvin shared “Art A to Z”, which she wrote for the Smithsonian Institution.
She described the research process that went into the creation of the book. The students were surprised to learn that it took two years to bring it from an idea to a physical book on a shelf in a store or in the library. Ms. Gates Galvin also shared some tips that the students could use when editing their writing for school. She recommended writing and re-writing a draft more than once and then reading the work out loud. She also said that students should give themselves an extra day to review their writing before handing in an assignment.