Authors kids can’t get enough of – Good Egg Chicken naming project update

Do you remember that talk I gave to the Upper Elementary school about our chickens?

At the end I told them about our author naming project and how we had already named some of our chickens based on returned interviews like:

Before I could even finish the list of who we had a hand went up.

Do you ask J.K. Rowling?

Yes, but haven’t heard back.

Did you ask Nicholas Sparks?

(seriously, Nicholas Sparks in an Upper Elementary School?

Nope, but I will.

How about …? How about …?

What followed was a flurry of suggestions from 6th grade kids who were obviously reading books and paying attention. As a writer and mom of many kids, do you know how excited I was to see this?

Here is a suggestion list from just one class. Parents, pay attention. These are the authors your kids are reading and the books that have turned their imaginations on.

  • Nicholas Sparks – Dear John, A Bend in the Road, The Notebook, etc.
  • Iain Lawrence – The Wreckers
  • Erin Hunter – Warrior Series
  • Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider series
  • Maya Gold – Cinderella Cleaners series
  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter everything
  • Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson Series
  • Tom Clancy – every exciting espionage and military book out there
  • Jeff Kinney – Diary of a wimpy kid series
  • Jude Watson – The 39 Clues – Book 4: Beyond the Grave
  • Kate DiCamillo – The Tale of Despereaux, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

I told the kids that I would reach out to each of these authors to see if they wanted a chicken named after them and I will. If it meant that kids would be excited about books and reading I would stand on my head. Thankfully asking an author for an interview is a heck of a lot easier.


Filed under Good Egg Interviews, Project Chickens before the Eggs, Teaching kids

4 responses to “Authors kids can’t get enough of – Good Egg Chicken naming project update

  1. Jude Watson is a pseudonym for Judy Blundell (who also wrote the amazing YA noir mystery/
    historical fiction “What I Saw and How I Lied”). You can visit her website for information on how to contact her.

  2. Wendy – I treated myself to a couple of hours “working” at my favorite coffee shop yesterday and saw two teenage girls sitting together at a corner table, sipping lattes, and READING. There were no beeping cell phones, text-a-thons, or inane gossip. Each girl was completely engrossed in her novel, barely looking up when new arrivals charged through the door only inches from their bowed heads. It was a lovely and heartening sight. Though I had nothing to do with their avid attention to the printed page, I somehow – as a writer with lofty aspirations of someday writing for this age group – felt pride in being part of the army that battles each day to create moments just like this.

    Carry on with the chickens – they are a literary coup (or, is that coop)?

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