Dream Big… Write it Down!
Dalton James, eight year-old published author/illustrator of The Sneakiest Pirates and The Heroes of Googley Woogley will be giving an author/illustrator talk at Andersonville Elementary School today, May 13th, at 7:30 a.m.
Dalton will be speaking to the entire student body on what inspired him to write a book, how he goes about writing and illustrating a book, and what has happened to him since becoming a published author. He will be reading his newly finished and as yet unpublished book The Mudhogs to the students.
Dalton’s family, in conjunction with Dalton’s publisher Outskirts Press held a contest over the school year inviting children to write and illustrate their own books and submit them to Dalton. Dalton’s family, friends and teachers formed a committee to judge the books and the winner’s book will be published through Outskirts Press. Nearly 180 entries were received.
At the end of his talk Dalton will announce the winner of the contest, who happens to be a student at Andersonville Elementary. The winner will receive copies of Dalton’s two books, The Sneakiest Pirates and The Heroes of Googley Woogley. Outskirts Press will also publish the winner’s book within the next several months.
Dalton’s presentation will be filmed to make a DVD that teachers may request for their classrooms so they to can present Dalton’s presentation for future students to further inspire children to read, write, and draw.
The Dalton Family plans on holding a similar contest again next year in the hope that even more children will aspire to writing and illustrating their own books for publication.