First, she met with K-2 graders and shared her stories, Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer. Both books focus on students that have big dreams! They use their creativity and perseverance to build bridges and buildings, and design gizmos and gadgets. The illustrator includes details on each page that draw the reader to read closely. Rosie includes factual drawings of airplanes that women built or piloted. With a We Can Do It determination, both Rosie and Iggy teach us to use failures to learn from and persist.
The 3rd - 5th graders learned about the process of writing, first drafts, editing, peer review, and rewriting. Poetry and the rhythm of words play a big part in the cadence of a book. Andrea shared how she used the name Iggy because it can be Ig, Iggy, or Ignatious and increases the words that will rhyme. She provided time for the students to ask questions. "Why did you change the name of Cicada Summer to Secrets of Cicada Summer?" The new title drew in readers that love mysteries. "How long does it take you to write a book?" 2 hours for Artist Ted, 9 months for Dorko, and 10 years for Hide and Sheep. "Did you always want to be a writer?" Andrea was a Computer Scientist before becoming an author.
Of course, I loved when she said the Librarian is her favorite teacher! "The smartest people are those who ask questions. The Librarian will always guide you to find the answers."
When Andrea saw the yellow submarine in our Commons, she wanted a picture to remember her visit! Thank you to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for bringing Andrea to Windsor School.