Guest post by Diane Fuller, Director of Libraries: In September 2016 authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely visited the 8th grade and Upper School to discuss their book “All American Boys,” which students read as part of their summer reading program. The authors had been visiting the state as part of the Maryland Humanities Council’s One Maryland One Book program.
Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Kiely spoke with 8th grade Language Arts and English 9, 10 and 11 classes in the morning, answering questions about the writing process as well as their book. Presentations at the Upper School assembly and a program for 8th grade in the afternoon allowed the authors to tell stories from their lives which helped shape their perspectives when writing the characters and story of “All American Boys.” The authors signed books after each presentation.
Each session included questions from students. The authors were impressed, often responding, “That’s a great question.”
After the Middle School program, an eighth grade student approached Jason Reynolds and asked “What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a writer?” Jason Reynolds replied, “Write every single day.” Later, at the signing table, the boy posed the same question to Brendan Kiely, who answered, “Read twice as much as you write.”
Middle and Upper School faculty enjoyed the opportunity to meet the authors and ask their own questions during lunch.