Its all about words

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Author visits elementary students

Sheree Fitch loves to play with words, she told local students. In fact, its her job.

Sometimes Im juggling two words on a page for weeks at a time in order to get the words to come out the way I want on the page, said Fitch, who visited students at Cumberland North Academy and River Hebert Elementary School Thursday morning.

Its all about words

Sheree Fitch loves to play with words, she told local students. In fact, its her job.

Sometimes Im juggling two words on a page for weeks at a time in order to get the words to come out the way I want on the page, said Fitch, who visited students at Cumberland North Academy and River Hebert Elementary School Thursday morning. I started playing with language because I wanted to share.

Originally from Moncton, N.B. and now living in Washington, D.C. in the United States, Fitch is an author and storyteller of award-winning poetry, picture books and non-fiction, as well as novels and plays for all ages. She had her first book, Toes in My Nose, published in 1987 and has been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since 1994.

She is also an honourary spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Read to Me Program, which provides book bags to new parents and books for newborns, and she sponsors a writing competition for New Brunswick youth every year. Her book If I Had a Million Onions has been nominated for this years Hackmatack Book Award.

Fitch entertained the students with some tongue twisters and readings from some of her works, including the poem Monkeys in My Kitchen, written many years ago for her two sons. She also offered advice for the young readers and writers.

How can a book be a book if it doesnt get read? she asked. How can a poem be a poem if it doesnt get said? A book is only two pieces of cardboard and paper. It only comes to life when you open it up and read it.

The authors visit was sponsored by the Canadian Council for the Arts and the Cumberland Regional Library.



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland North Academy, River Hebert Elementary School, UNICEF Canadian Council for the Arts Cumberland Regional Library

Geographic location: Moncton, Washington, D.C., United States New Brunswick

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