Author Study

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Grace Lin is coming to visit my school next Monday!  Very exciting!  In preparation for her visit, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders have been doing an author study.  We have read many of Grace Lin’s books, such as Lissy’s Friends, Dim Sum for Everyone, Olvina Swims.

We have been documenting our learning on a collaborative poster: 

After we read books, I asked students what characters we met or if they noticed anything we should add to the poster.  I wrote their ideas on sticky notes and added them to the poster.  Students could add anything they wanted to the poster on their own – questions, comments, characters, drawings, origami, facts we learned.  I think the kids did a great job!  Here are some examples of their sticky notes: 

To add to the display, I put out books from our library (I supplemented my collection with books borrowed from a colleague and my public library).  I also created an author showcase (Pinterest inspired, originally from here).  I used pictures and a short biography from Grace Lin’s press kit.

In the weeks leading up to Grace Lin’s visit we have had special Grace Lin centers: 

Grace Lin’s Books Center- Students can read and look at Grace Lin’s books.  I put pencils and sticky notes at this table for students to add characters, books, and other information to our Grace Lin poster.

Grace Lin Coloring Center-
Grace Lin has TONS of printables on her website, from coloring pages to activities like mazes.  I put them all in a folder for students to choose from.  Students added a few of their pictures to the poster.

Grace Lin Origami Center-  One of the first books we read was Lissy’s Friends where a young girl makes friends out of origami when she is the new girl at school and doesn’t have anyone to eat with at lunch.  I printed a few easy origami instructions from here and put out any origami books I have.  Students made dogs, cats, and foxes using the printed instructions.  Some talented students knew how to make cranes, boats, and other fun things on their own!

Grace Lin’s Website Center- Students could explore Grace Lin’s website and find facts to add to our poster and watch book trailers like this one: 

What fun projects have you done with an author study?  Any recommendations for authors to study?

PS – The kids are thrilled with the Truffula trees and they have really brightened up the library :) I’ll be back later this week with pictures of the Truffula Trees in the library.  Yesterday my camera battery died and today I left the memory card in my laptop but tomorrow I should have my act together and be able to take pics! 

5 Responses to “Author Study”

  1. TammySF.

    Hey there!! I just awarded you the Liebster Award!! Come on over to my blog and check it out!!! Congrats and thanks for sharing such great ideas!!!

  2. Michelle

    Hi there! I’m so glad I found your fabulous blog!! :)

    See you tomorrow!

  3. Matthew C. Winner

    Hi, Mrs. Lodge!

    I hope your author visit with Grace Lin went wonderfully! I’m a big fan of ‘Where the Mountain Meets the Moon’, among others she’s written. I’m sure your students were ecstatic to meet her.

    We’ve had a number of authors visit our school since I started five years ago, but my favorite by far is Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen ( While you may not know the name yet, Sudipta’s picture books are gaining recognition… and I think it’s because she’s just so good at what she does. For reference, start with ‘Hampire!’, check out ‘The Hog Prince’, and then find your way to her newest, ‘Half-Pint Pete the Pirate’. She puts on a fabulous author visit and goes beyond the call of duty on her visiting day. We’ve actually had her back twice (which was a whole other memorable experience for our students).

    PS: I love your blog. I feel like I’ve finally met a great library blog companion! Thanks for doing what you do so well!

  4. Mrs. Lodge

    Thanks Matthew!

    I just started reading your blog and I’m loving it as well. It’s so interesting to see what other library teachers do! I absolutely loved your Mo Willems project and can’t wait to try it with my kiddos.

    I haven’t heard of Sudipta so thanks for passing along her info. I’ll be sure to check her out!

  5. Anonymous

    I am a friend and colleague of Matthew Winner (aka The Busy Librarian) and can vouch for his referral of Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. On his recommendation, we hosted Sudpita last spring and she was a big hit with the students and the staff. I am just investigating librarian blogs and Pinterest related sites and have pinned many of your ideas. I can’t wait to try out the Library Jenga. Ms. Browning

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