Monster trucks and Connecting Classroom Curriculum

“This group in particular had quality questions that showed me that they liked what I said and that they listened during my presentation.” - Renowned children’s author Anika Denise on her Maplewood audience.
“This group in particular had quality questions that showed me that they liked what I said and that they listened during my presentation.” - Renowned children’s author Anika Denise on her Maplewood audience.
In a creative workshop called ‘What If,’ our third-graders jumped onboard and impressed our guest author. Bravo Maplewood!
In a creative workshop called ‘What If,’ our third-graders jumped onboard and impressed our guest author. Bravo Maplewood!

Renowned children’s author Anika Denise visited Maplewood Intermediate School this week. Ms. Denise is the author of several critically acclaimed books for young readers, including her latest, “Monster Trucks,” which Publishers Weekly pronounced, “a mash up made in heaven” in a recent starred review. 

Ms. Denise discussed the ins and outs of book writing, illustrating, and publishing with her third-grade audience. She talked about basic elements and structure of a good story and then thrilled her audience with a creative workshop called ‘What If.’

“I wanted Maplewood’s third–graders to know that they already have the power and creativity to come up with great story ideas,” said Ms. Denise. “This group in particular had quality questions that showed me that they liked what I said and that they listened during my presentation.  I could see that they made the connections on how they can be more creative and perhaps write or illustrate stories of their own.”

Maplewood third-grade teacher Ms. Cristine was thrilled that her students were part of the assembly and were able to pick up such creative insight from a real pro. “We are currently doing author studies in class, so understanding the structure of a story is important,” said Ms. Cristine. “We learn about the different parts of a book and how to draw the reader in so they are interested and Anika’s books are perfect examples of stories that are fun and exciting to read.”

Ms. Denise’s other published books are ‘Pigs Love Potatoes,’ a Parents’ Choice honor winner, ‘Bella and Stella Come Home,’ chosen by the Rhode Island Center for the Book to represent the state of Rhode Island at the National Book Fair in Washington DC, and ‘Baking Day at Grandma’s,’ which School Library Journal praised as, “Perfect for individual sharing, storytime, baking time, and pretty much any time.” Anika’s forthcoming titles include: ‘Starring Carmen’ (Abrams 2017) and ‘The Best Part of Middle’ (Henry Holt 2018).

Thank You Maplewood PTA for sponsoring such a great program that enriches and supports our student’s classroom activities.