Author visit to Sudlersville Elementary School, Sudlersville, Maryland
June 7, 2018

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On June 7, 2018 I had the pleasure of spending the entire day at Sudlersville Elementary School, which is located in Queen Anne’s County, MD.

Under the capable leadership of Pamela Renfrow (Library-Media Specialist) and Rebecca Van Aken (Reading Specialist), I was able to read Jamal and Me to students in grades K-4. The students were divided into grade level groups which enabled the read aloud time and the follow-up writing activities to be developmentally appropriate. Kindergarten students completed coloring sheets, students in grades 1-3 completed drawings and written exercises, and grade 4 students made posters encouraging others to read Jamal and Me. Below are some pictures that demonstrate how hard the students worked!

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“What a valuable experience for students to be able to put a face to an author’s name. The students were captivated by Dr. Carol Franks-Randall’s reading of her first published book, Jamal and Me. Her visit was educational and inspiring for all 300 Kindergarten through fourth grade students at Sudlersville Elementary School.”
Pamela Renfrow, Library-Media Specialist, Sudlersville Elementary School

“Dr. Franks-Randall visited Sudlersville Elementary to encourage our students to use their creative minds to write and not only has she encouraged but she has empowered them to think and write creatively.”
Thomas Walls, Principal, Sudlersville Elementary School

“Dr. Franks- Randall encouraged all students to make a difference in the world through acts of kindness and creativity. She has served as a model and mentor for our students to show them that anything is possible with preparation, perseverance and persistence. We thank her for encouraging the love of reading and writing in our elementary school students. We look forward to reading her new book, Playground Heroes and her next visit to Sudlersville Elementary School!”
Rebecca Van Aken, Reading Specialist, Sudlersville Elementary School

Thank you, Sudlersville Elementary School staff and students for the warm welcome!

Visit to Tyler Elementary School, Washington, DC – May 16, 2018

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On May 16, 2018, I had the pleasure of visiting Tyler Elementary School and reading Jamal and Me to a group of second grade students. My grandson, Tyler, was in the class and I had a wonderful time reading to his classmates and working on a writing worksheet with them. As you can see from the photos above and worksheets below, these students are hard workers! Thank you, Ms. Weekes for working with me to make this happen!

Visit to Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, Yorktown Heights, NY – March 23, 2018

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On March 23, 2018 I spent the day at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. I spent the morning reading Jamal and Me to students at the Walden School library, located on the BOCES campus. The students welcomed me with open arms.

In the afternoon, I conducted a three-hour workshop for teachers, library media specialists and clinical staff entitled “Using Picture Books to Promote Pro-social Skills” at the administration building, sponsored by the Hudson River Teachers Center and the Curriculum Center at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.
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Reactions to the workshop:

Dr. Franks-Randall is an enchanting storyteller and motivating presenter who inspires all those fortunate enough to attend one of her professional development activities – especially on the topic of using picture books to promote pro-social skills. You will want her to return again and again.

Dr. Lynn Allen, Assistant Superintendent, Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES

For me our time together reinforced the value of reading picture books aloud. Upon returning to my library I will look for books that can do “double duty” – applicable to building literacy and social skills. This workshop also reminded me to think carefully about questioning and to be mindful of the types of questions I am asking my students.
Christine Roper, Library Media Specialist, Yorktown Schools

What made an impact on me was when you said that the illustrations are just as powerful as the words on the page. Children should be invited to pay particular attention to them because they can draw inferences and express the character’s feelings.
Tracy Carrigan, Teacher, Pocantico Hills School District

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Visit to Makefield Elementary School, Yardley, PA – March 6, 2018!

On March 6, 2018 I had the pleasure of reading Jamal and Me to my granddaughter Elle’s kindergarten class. They were an attentive audience, and I really enjoyed my time in Mrs. Koellner’s classroom. Elle was my trusty assistant and did a wonderful job!

Thank you, Mrs. Koellner, for allowing me to share Jamal and Me with your fabulous group of students!

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Author Reading at Grasonville Elementary School, Gransonville, MD – February 23, 2018

I was invited by Kathy Barletta, the reading specialist at Grasonville Elementary School, to read aloud to students in second and fourth grade as part of their African-American Read-In program.
I was greeted by enthusiastic staff and delightful children. What a wonderful experience!

“We were very fortunate to have Carol read Jamal and Me to our 2nd and 4th graders today. The powerful message captured the students’ attention and everyone was so excited to meet a real author. We cannot wait to have Carol come back and read with our students again.”
Kathy Barletta, Reading Specialist

I loved every minute of my visit to Grasonville Elementary School and look forward to returning in the not too distant future!

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Author Visit at White Marsh Elementary School!

On February 2, 2018, I visited White Marsh Elementary School in Trappe, MD. I spent the afternoon at the school and read Jamal and Me aloud to Kindergarten, first, second and third grade students. I had the opportunity to talk to the students about the process of writing a children’s book, and how it takes many drafts to get a finished product. I encouraged the students to take their creative writing seriously and not to be afraid to continue to make their work the best it can be.

Reactions from staff at White Marsh Elementary School:

Carol did an amazing job reading Jamal and Me. The students were captivated by the story and learned a great lesson too! This is a great story to teach students how they can help a new student at their school.
J. Elliott, Grade 3 Teacher

I truly enjoyed listening to Carol read her story. My favorite part was the last page with the letter. The speech bubble stating, “What a Treat! I get to read Jamal’s letter every day” spoke to me. I have had so many students in my classroom like Jamal, but when I am finally able to make a connection those letters mean the world. Please share with Carol how thankful I am for her writing a book that speaks to so many teachers.
T. Blessing, Grade 2 Teacher

Our students truly enjoyed listening to Carol read Jamal and Me! What a wonderful story with a impressionable message!!! The illustrations and “speech bubbles” added to the powerful message in the book. The students and staff were a captive audience. Thank you for sharing your work with our school community.

K. Seidel, Principal

A truly wonderful experience! Thank you Kim Seidel and the White Marsh Elementary School staff!

gransonville reading dec 2017

On December 7, 2017 I had the pleasure of reading Jamal and Me to a group of first graders at Grasonville Elementary School which is in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. This reading was done as part of the Character Counts program. Thank you Merle Rockwell (Character Counts Volunteer) and Ms. Seward (teacher) for inviting me to your classroom!