Famed Authors Inspire Young Writers

Famed Authors Inspire Young Writers
Posted on 04/15/2019

Written by Polo Park Journalism Class
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World-renowned writers connected with students and promoted literacy during this year’s Author’s Showcase at Polo Park Middle School.


The event sponsored by the Palm Beach Book Festival featured writers like James Patterson, Kwame Alexander, and Nancy Castaldo. The authors spoke to the entire student body on Friday, April 12, answering questions about writing and their connection to middle schoolers.


Patterson conducted a Q&A, while Alexander gave a unique performance which included personal stories, poetry, rap and music that captivated the audience.


Alexander told students he became a writer because “teens look for a better world in between the pages of a book and I wanted to be a part of that.”


In Alexander’s poetry pieces he discusses parts of his life, like trying out for school sports, asking girls out, and finding his eventual wife.


James PattersonPatterson had a similar message. He answered questions about character development, his career, and even some personal details.  His latest venture is a collaboration book titled “The President is Missing” that he co-wrote with former President Bill Clinton.


At the end of the event, students were given the opportunity to have the authors sign copies of their books.


“I enjoyed the singing and the book signing because the authors were very friendly,” explained seventh-grader Mycaina Paul.


The event came to Polo Park due in large part to Palm Beach Book Festival Founder and Creative Director Lois Cahall’s passion for promoting and sustaining literacy in schools.  The nonprofit organization is dedicated to nurturing the written word for the adults and children of the community.

April is School Library Month. To learn more about the resources available at the Palm Beach County School District visit Parent University


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