Visiting Author: Liz Starin

Liz Starin is both an author and an illustrator, and St. Anne’s-Belfield School students have had so much fun learning about her and sharing her work during an author visit thanks to the Virginia Festival of the Book. Students loved all of Liz’s books – but Splashdance, which Liz both wrote and illustrated, was so beloved […]

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Visiting Author: Kwame Alexander and Ekua Holmes

Thanks to the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book, St. Anne’s-Belfield School welcomed more than 2,400 young students from around the Charlottesville area onto the Learning Village Campus on Wednesday for a special event: Out of Wonder: Poets Celebrating Poetry – A Conversation Between author Kwame Alexander and illustrator Ekua Holmes, moderated by Sarah FitzHenry. In my […]

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5th and 6th Grade Book Club: Booked, by Kwame Alexander

Finding a book exciting and interesting enough to captivate both 5th and 6th graders, boys and girls, with a wide variety of interests and reading levels, is no easy feat. The book needed to be short enough not to frustrate readers working on their skills, but challenging enough for even our best readers to push […]

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This Month in Photos: March 2016

Spring is officially here, bringing with it all of the excitement of beautiful weather, bright flowers, and fun activities! Johnson is a flurry of excitement these days, and it’s all a librarian can do to keep up. March and April have been busy busy busy, and I’m happy to share a snapshot of some of […]

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Festival of the Book: Visiting Author Kate DiCamillo

Last Friday, students from all over Charlottesville City and Albemarle County zipped rain coats, boarded field trip buses, and made their way through the rainy city of Charlottesville to St. Anne’s-Belfield school. More than 1,200 students gathered in the STAB Convocation Center and sat, tapping their feet and twiddling their thumbs nervously. There was electricity in […]

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Festival of the Book: Visiting Author Anne Marie Pace

Thursday afternoon, Virginia Festival of the Book author Anne Marie Pace stopped by Johnson to teach our students what it’s like to be an author. She had some great insider details about the writing and editing process, and even showed us real drafts of her Vampirina Ballerina series! Mrs. Pace started from the beginning, talking about where […]

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Virginia Festival of the Book Visiting Author: Sandy Pugh

This Thursday, author Sandy Pugh visited Johnson to put on a Peeper-ific show for our kindergarten, first, and second grade students! Sandy introduced us to the Peeper gang, read us a few Peeper stories, and even gave us a sneak preview of some new books that she has in the works. In the picture above, […]

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Coming Soon: Virginia Festival of the Book!

The Virginia Festival of the Book is coming! Next week, world famous authors, illustrators, and publishers will flock to Charlottesville to give talks, presentations, and seminars about books of every genre. They’ll talk about the writing process, the publishing process, graphic design, and creating characters. They’ll sign books, share new stories, and inspire people of […]

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