One North Dakota author is getting kids excited about reading.
With a hometown connection, and their very own drawings, students are bringing his book to life.
You may not know it by looking at them but the kids at St. Joseph Catholic School are published.
“I thought it would be an awesome opportunity for our students,”Angela Morford, Art Club teacher says.
Morford, the art club leader at St. Joseph’s School, saw a national call for student artists online and knew her kids were perfect for the job.
“[So students could] practice illustrating their stories and to possibly get them published,” Morford says.
With a hometown connection, working with the author was extra special.
“To know that it was in a book by a Mandan author and recognizing lots of things in the book that was really neat,” Morford says.
Kevin Kremer, a former school teacher and professional author, draws his inspiration from his hometown.
“Many authors write what they know, and in my case, I really know Mandan and it makes it so much fun,” Kremer says.
Writing many of his stories and characters around his old stomping ground, with his latest book, Valentine Shmellentine, the hometown connection didn’t stop with his characters.
At St. Joseph Catholic School students had their opportunity to bring their imaginations to life through the pages of his book.
“I’m happy to be in the book,” Rylen Kautzman, 5th grader says.
They Illustrated their favorite scenes.
“I really liked the kickball part because I wanted to do something unique,” Emma Mosbrucker, 5th grader says.
They drew from their own imagination and gave Kremer’s words a life of their own.
“They were so excited when they were chosen to be a published illustratorors — it’s just a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Morford says.
Making this book something they’ll never forget.
If you want to take a peak at the kids’ drawings you can pick up you own copy of the book Valentine Shmellentine at KevinKremerBooks.com