Author visits Patterson Elementary

One local elementary school showed off their school spirit and recently won a visit from an author of their choice.

This past June, Patterson Elementary School participated in the 2014 Glow 5k, a family run and walk held by the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund. Their large spirited team was named as the glow run winner.

The foundation supports grants to education systems to promote a deeper understanding of literacy. It was named for Jeanine Nicarico, who was just 10 years old when she was abducted from her Naperville home and murdered in 1983.

New York based author and illustrator Mike Curato visited the school as a reward and read his debut picture book, “Little Elliott, Big City” to the students.

“We talk about this with the kids all the time, the whole process of writing a book and we talk about the publishers and this just makes it more real to them,” said Patterson Elementary School Librarian Susan Dobrodt.

Students were able to ask the author questions and even work on writing and drawing a story together.

Curato has received many starred reviews and is still working on more books for the “Little Elliot” three-book series.

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