Award-winning authors pay visits to GCISD Elementary Schools

Heritage Elementary School and Glenhope Elementary School welcomed renowned authors Susan Stevens Crummel and Aaron Reynolds to their libraries as guest speakers for their students. Each author shared their insight on writing their award-winning children’s books and gave students the opportunity to interact as they read their stories.


Heritage ES students gave welcomed Crummel, who has written several children’s books such as Cook-A-Doodle-Doo (2001 Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner), And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, Jackalope, and many more.


“One of the goals at Heritage Elementary School is to provide a systemic approach to writing instruction, while also instilling a love of writing with our students,” said Stacey Voigt, Heritage ES principal. “Susan Stevens Crummel shared her passion for writing through her personal stories and illustrations. She reminded the students and teachers to reflect on their own experiences and use them as a framework for writing. By using your imagination, the writing possibilities are endless!”


Glenhope ES hosted Reynolds, who has written several books including Creepy Carrots! (a New York Times Best Seller), Nerdy Birdy, Chicks and Salsa, and many others. Reynolds also shared his inspiration behind one of his books that allowed the students to have a new perspective when reading.
From idea to published book, these author visits gave students a behind-the-scenes look at the writing process. Visits such as these help students see real-world career examples, supporting the district’s efforts in college and career readiness.