Children’s Book Author Julia Cook Wows Students at Miller Avenue School

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Authors are just people with ideas on paper. A story is like a sandwich: two pieces of bread and lots of meat in the middle.

These and many other fun anecdotes were part of nationally recognized children’s author Julia Cook’s writer’s workshop for second-graders at Miller Avenue School.

The workshop was part of the day’s events which also included a morning assembly for students and teachers and a parent workshop in the evening. Cook engaged the students in understanding the power and effectiveness of using children’s literature to learn and teach important people skills. Her enthusiasm for her chosen topics inspired insight into the writing and publishing process.

Cook’s dozens of entertaining books aim to teach important social and behavioral skills and include topics on health, friends, teamwork, communication and parents among others. Her goal is to actively involve her readers into her fun and creative stories and encourage them to build positive character traits.

A former teacher and school guidance counselor, Cook’s visit to Miller Avenue culminated Character Counts Week at the school and was a celebration of the universal values shared by all.