Author shares joy of reading with students

Madawaska Elementary School Librarian Deb Lavoie, right, shares a laugh with children’s author Lynn Plourde, who visited the school recently. (Courtesy of Deb Lavoie)

MADAWASKA, Maine — On Tuesday, Oct. 17, children’s book author Lynn Plourde visited Madawaska Elementary School to share some of her books and get acquainted with students.  

Plourde, who lives in Winthrop with her family, has ties to the Valley in that her “Pepere” grew up in Frenchville.  

For her visit, students and staff dressed up to celebrate her book “You’re Wearing THAT to School?!”.  Plourde read the book aloud and asked the teachers to parade around the cafeteria so students could see how they were dressed.   

The author then read another of her celebrated books, “Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud,” with an interactive twist. Along with reading the story, she also chose students and one staff member to put on a play about the book.  

Author Lynn Plourde captures first-grade readers’ attention during a recent visit to Madawaska Elementary School. Plourde read from her books and engaged in several activities with the students and staff. (Courtesy of Deb Lavoie)

Plourde then met with different classrooms and helped them, through a lesson, to understand how a story can be put together.  At the end of the day she met with grades 4, 5 and 6 to talk about her new chapter book, “Maxi’s Secrets,” which is now in its fifth printing (paperback version) since its release in August.  

“We had a wonderful day with Lynn and are grateful for her visit,” said MES Librarian Deb Lavoie. “In the days since Lynn’s visit, many students have expressed how thankful they are that the library was able to bring Lynn to our school.  Some students also asked when she is coming back for another visit.”

The school’s parent-teacher association and a grant from the Onion Foundation paid for the author’s visit and hotel stay, Lavoie added.

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