A Warm Welcome at Grant Watts Elementary

Librarian Carol Moore and me!

Librarian Carol Moore and me!

The staff at Grant Watts in Scappoose, Oregon, had really stoked up the kids before I arrived on November 5. Everybody’s favorite librarian, Carol Moore, had helped coordinate the daylong visit and spread the news that a “real” author was coming. Flyers went home and the kids started learning all about Alaska. They reread my children’s books and made the most creative art and writing projects. I was so impressed!

When I arrived, I found the whole school decorated in Alaska themes, from the collection of Alaskana in the lobby entrance, to the art pieces that graced every hallway. I read “Alaskan Night Before Christmas” to batch after batch enthusiastic students . . . and they came back at me with some insightful questions about Alaska and about the writing process. Great minds and great manners.

Traced hands and feet to make a caribou!

At noon, I joined the staff for a delicious lunch prepared by one of the staffers, a former caterer who did Alaska proud with a tasty salmon chowder, “Caribou Crunch” popcorn treats, and one of my favorites, chocolate mousse decorated with sugar cookies in the shape of a moose head. (Thanks, Toni!)

My warmest thanks to the entire staff for a memorable day with you and your students!

 "Alaska Moose" Dessert!

Hey, waiter, there’s a moosehead in my mousse!