Award-winning children's book author Dan Gutman visited East School this week and presented lively, creative and educational presentations for enthusiastic two student assemblies. Mr. Gutman is the author of over 130 books, primarily for children, and his popularity among East students was apparent.
"Our students, especially, our 2nd to 4th graders, were excited about this visit from the moment I told them about it in September," said Lindsay Stilwell, East School Library Media Specialist. "I'm thrilled that East School is a community of readers to begin with, but all of our students have been particularly eager to read Dan Gutman's books. We literally can't keep them on the shelves for more than 24 hours, and collectively, they have read over 381 of his books this year so far."
Dan Gutman, a New York City-based author, whose many awards include Best Children's Book of the Year awards from Child Magazine, The Junior Library and Bank Street Books, began writing for children when his son was born, and he felt like he could fill a niche by writing with reluctant readers in mind. "Watching our students, and seeing their excitement during Dan's fascinating and engaging assemblies was priceless. He talked about what it takes to be a writer. Despite rejections from numerous publishers over the years, he kept writing and did not allow setbacks and disappointments to dissuade him. His emphasized the importance of having a growth mindset expressed in a fun and educational way using terms all the students understood."
The visit was funded by our PTC (Parent Teacher Committee).