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The following article was posted on February 5th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 48 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 48

Students and authors go 'round the reading carousel

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Upper elementary and junior high school students from schools throughout Santa Barbara County had the chance to meet and talk with authors and illustrators for the 44th annual Author-Go-Round.

Students attended the event Jan. 27 through 31 in the County Education Office Auditorium in Santa Barbara. They met authors of books written specifically for young people, explored avenues of creative writing and illustrating with successful professionals, and read and discussed literary works by well-known authors.

Each day, approximately 135 students had the opportunity to listen to four presentations, and then they spent 15 minutes asking questions and interacting with each of the authors while sitting in small groups. Authors and illustrators included Tina Nichols Coury, Bruce Hale, Valerie Hobbs, and James Mihaley.

Colorful carousel decorations and activities with prizes were also highlights of the event. Each day, one student was chosen as the best overall winner of the activities and received a custom-made T-shirt signed by the four authors and illustrators.