On March 3, Denton Avenue Elementary was fortunate to enjoy a visit from talented author and illustrator Eric Velasquez. The event was held as part of PARP Week, which celebrated People as Reading Partners through activities planned and organized by the Parent Teacher Association and Librarian Donna Deodato.
The author visit was funded by the PTA and featured four different assemblies that explained the writing process and inspired students to draw and create. Mr. Velasquez displayed incredible sketch drawings of his books and explained the process to bring these ideas to publication. He also shared his ideas and illustrations from his book "Grandma's Records.”
During the presentation, students enjoyed listening to some of the sounds of horns and conga drums and merengue – the music from Mr. Velasquez’s childhood.
“It was an added bonus and great opportunity for our Denton Avenue Language Immersion Students to be able to ask questions and converse in Spanish.” says Librarian Donna Deodato.
Twelve lucky students earned the opportunity to have a pizza lunch with the author, during which they were able to discuss writing and drawing as well as ask questions. They learned that Mr. Velasquez also wrote and illustrated "Looking for Bongo” and his latest book, "Octopus Stew," is sure to be a classic. He additionally illustrated "Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library" by Carole Boston Weatherford. Denton Avenue Elementary had a wonderful celebration!