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Spotlight: The Importance of Books

Books are interactive; they demand that kids think. Fiction and nonfiction books widen our consciousness. They give us new ways to think and new ideas. They expand our universe beyond time and place and inspire our own original thoughts. We here at St. Gabriel put a lot of emphasis on books for that reason.

On September 19th, we were visited by Ed Masessa, a  New York Times bestselling author of many books for young people and children, including The Wandmaker’s Guidebook and Scarecrow Magic. Mr. Masessa has spent the past 19 years at Scholastic Book Fairs where he has devoted his life to finding books that will turn every child into a life-long reader.He gave a wonderful talk to the students and autographed copies of his books.

This month, October, is our month for the Book Fair. There have been many fun activities during our “All for Books” Book Fair with a Wild West Theme. We have had a Mustache Day; a Buckles and Boots dress down day; Throw a Lasso Day and other themed days. We also had each class decorate a pumpkin in the Wild West theme, which voting will take place for the best Wild West Pumpkin. Most FUN of all, students got to throw pie in the face of their teachers all in the name of reading.

Enjoy our “photo montage” of encouraging students to pick up a book and read. Photos include our visit with the famous children’s author, Ed Masessa and photos from our “All For Books” Wild West Theme Book Fair. AND the Pie Throw!

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