It’s truly not every day a well-known children’s book author visits our tiny New England town in Sherman, Connecticut — Population, a little over 3,500 with mostly seasonal residents.
Sarah Weeks is certainly the “talk of THIS town” with children, parents, and teachers alike. Her visit was delightful. It is especially commendable that an award-winning children’s novel and picture book author takes the time to visit and share entertaining stories with children. Especially because this area is rural, there is no high school, and the one-and-only public school in town is Pre-K through the Eighth Grade with about 380 enrolled students.
Sarah engages the youngest of students to the oldest of students, and she is an exceptionally versatile and talented children’s book writer. Most children can relate to something Sarah has written. This is because her dozens of children’s books cover many different topics and span a wide age range, from Pre-Kindergarten through the Tenth Grade.
What some of Sarah’s littlest AND biggest fans have to say:
“Mommy, Sarah came to MY school!” is what my four year-old son, Kevin, has told me only a gazillion times since her visit. “Mrs. McNosh and the Great Big Squash” is his personal favorite that we read often together because it is whimsical and “sooo funny.” A new favorite is “Hurricane City “. My child is fascinated with anything relating to unusual weather and, of course, “THE Sarah Weeks” also discussed this book with the children.
It was the cutest conversation ever to hear Kevin talk about Sarah with his four year-old friend, Itai. They discussed at length, and in such animated detail, Sarah’s visit like they were professional book review experts. Itai’s favorite of all favorites is “Oh My Gosh, Mrs. McNosh!” as he especially loves the dog in this rhyming book that is part of a series.
Itai’s nine year-old brother Liam’s favorite book is “Oggie Cooder”. He read this book with his classroom about the “charving” talent of Oggie and, as always, there is much more to this hysterically funny story. Sarah also shared with the students how she gets her ideas for her books.
Many will remember Sarah’s visit for years to come. When the children grow up, they will tell their children that “Sarah Weeks came to my school and she shared her stories with us.” I certainly know of one child, my son Kevin, who will remember her visit always. A few of Sarah’s books have already made it on Kevin’s “classics” short list. This is pretty hard to do with my little bookworm. As for me, Sarah’s visit is already an entry in the journal I keep about some of my son’s fondest childhood memories that he is forming now.