Young authors show off new book | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | March 26, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: March 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
The 17 first- and second-graders in Rosalee Arokiasamy’s Northside Elementary School class were center stage Thursday morning for the book release and signing of their new book, “In Fall I See.”
With their parents, school administrators and students from other classes gathered in their classroom, the students unveiled the book they wrote and illustrated.
“Writing a book that is then published becomes a tangible accomplishment my students can have for a lifetime,” said Arokiasamy. “I want these children to have the experience and hold the result of the work in their own hands.
“I’m so proud that our children put their heart and soul into their work,” she said during the presentation. “They did a wonderful job.”
Tameka Venning, who with Tamera Bowman and Debra Bowers, serve as instructional assistants for the class, explained how the project was accomplished.
Research on the project began in October when the students collected information by observing the change of seasons and reading different books about the season at school and at home. Every week, they worked on their writing and illustrations.
The goal was to have the students write and draw pictures about what they saw.
Each child, Venning explained, had his or her own page. “They did an awesome, awesome job.”
By December, the completed manuscript was ready to be shipped to Studentreasures Publishing in Topeka, Kansas. The finished product was shipped back in January. Parents were able to order advance copies. Copies can now be obtained for $19.95 by ordering from Studentreasures.com/ordercopies and entering the pin number #3317113.
Following Venning’s explanation of the project, the book was officially released by Christy Duffie, an instructional coach. Miriam Humphries, also an instructional coach, then read the book. Afterward, the student authors, one by one, came to the table to sign the book.
“In Fall I See” is the fifth publication Arokiasamy’s students have done.
The first book was published by the class of 2012-2013. Entitled “Helping Hands,” it featured various community helpers such as sanitation workers, firemen and police officers.
The class of 2014-2015 published three books, “When I Grow Up I Want to Be,” “It’s Okay to Express My Feelings” and “In Spring.”
This year’s class has “Sea Animals,” their second book, in the works — the manuscript is on its way to Kansas and is expected to be ready for release this spring.