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Author Camp

From Open Book Productions & Children’s Book World

A week-long session where kids read books and meet the authors!

Begins August 3rd!


Discover great new books!

Meet and interact with the authors!

Participate in creative writing exercises!

Author Camp will introduce your child to five new books and their authors! Each week-long session meets daily. There is one session for ages K-3 grade featuring picture books, and one for middle school readers.

Classes are led by Lynn Rosen, owner of Open Book Productions and English, writing, and publishing instructor. (For more about Lynn see HERE.)

All sessions include virtual visits from the authors!

Here’s how Author Camp works:

  • We meet once a day for an hour and a half via Zoom.
  • The cost of the class includes a copy of each of the five books that are part of the camp. (When you sign up, we will be in touch to arrange how you will get the books.)
  • The session begins with some ice breakers and get-to-know-you warm-up activities led by Lynn.
  • Children then take out the book of the day and Lynn leads them in a reading. The reading is interactive, pausing along the way to point out notable parts of the story and the illustrations (for picture books), and underlining what is happening in the story. Note: for picture books we will read the entire book; for middle grade chapter books, we will read the first chapter.
  • Lynn then leads a group discussion about the book: what’s important about the book, the plot, what we liked about it, what it makes us wonder about. Lynn will share background about the book and the author with the campers.
  • We’ll do some activities and writing exercises related to the themes of the book.
  • Then we prepare to meet the author. The children are guided to think of questions they would like to ask the author about the book. They may write these questions on question sheets provided with the books.
  • Next, we meet the author! The author joins us on Zoom to answer the children’s questions and for a reading from their book.
  • Lynn will close the class by summing up what we’ve done and then prepping them for the next day’s book, showing it to them, giving them some clues on what to look for and encouraging them to spend some time with the book before we meet again the next day to read and discuss it.

Sign up HERE


With any questions, email lynn@lynnrosen.com

Author Camp: Picture Books

SESSION 1: Week of August 3rd, meeting daily from 11am to 12:30pm

(Additional sessions for subsequent weeks in July will be added.)

We recommend this class for ages K – 3rd grade (ages 5-8), but you know your child’s reading level best! If they are enjoying and reading picture books, then this class is for them!

FEATURED AUTHORS & BOOKS

Monday, August 3
Author to be announced!

Tuesday, August 4
Author to be announced!

Wednesday, August 5

Forever or a Day by Sarah Jacoby
A book about how we treasure our time together.
“This contemplative, almost meditative, book makes for a good read with the children in your life for whom you like to give your own time.” — Kirkus Reviews
Publication Date: March, 2018; Retail price: $17.99

Thursday, August 6

Ping by Ani Castillo
n the era of social media, communication feels both more anxiety-producing, and more inescapable, than ever before. This clever, comforting picture book debut explores the challenges and joys of self-expression and social connection. “A sweetly articulated and socially valuable message for readers of many ages.”
Publication Date: September, 2019; Retail price: $17.99

Friday, August 7

She Leads by June Smalls
An unforgettable tribute to the combination of beauty and strength that female elephants demonstrate in the wilds of Africa. Inspiring text and striking illustrations follow the journey of an elephant matriarch as she leads and looks out for her family. With facts about African elephants on every page. “This leads the way among lovely books about elephants for young children.”
Publication Date: May, 2020; Retail price: $16.99

Cost: $185 (early bird pricing). Includes 5 books (tax included & shipping also if needed).
A second child from the same family is an additional $100 (this is a discounted price and does not include books).

Sign up HERE

Note: Once you sign up, you may arrange to pick your books up at Children’s Book World in Haverford. Arrangements may also be made for Cheltenham area pick up. If you are out of town or otherwise require shipping of the books, please sign up by July 24th so we can ship your books to you in time! Thank you!

Author Camp: Middle Grade Books

Session 2: Week of August 3rd, meeting daily from 2pm to 3:30pm

(Additional sessions for subsequent weeks in July will be added.)

This class is for children who are comfortably and independently reading middle grade books. Generally this is grades 3-6 or ages 8-12, but again, you know your child’s reading level!

FEATURED AUTHORS & BOOKS

Monday, August 3

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
A powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition. Indie booksellers say this is: “a book filled with brilliance, familial love, and friendship.” Kirkus Reviews says: “Placing biracial boyhood and the struggles of colorism at its center, the novel challenges readers to pursue their own self-definition.”

Tuesday, August 4

Jupiter Storm by Marti Dumas
Ten-year-old Jackie excels at being in charge. Her skills keep everything from gardens to five unruly brothers in line. So, when a curious chrysalis appears in Jackie’s front yard, she naturally decides to take charge of it. The creature that emerges is not like anything Jackie has ever seen, and she soon realizes that she must protect it at all costs, even from her own family.
Publication Date: November, 2017; Retail price: $9.99

Wednesday, August 4

American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar
“When a racist incident roils Lekha’s small town, she finds her voice with the help of her community, Avantika, and her newfound sense of self in this charming novel, which explores the complexity of immigration and identity.”—Teen Vogue
An Indian American girl navigates prejudice in her small town and learns the power of her own voice in screenwriter Supriya Kelkar’s in this effervescent middle grade novel full of humor and heart.

Thursday, August 6

Naked Mole Rat Saves the World by Karen Rivers
Karen Rivers has been celebrated for her “darkly humorous [and] original” (New York Times Book Review) stories that “revel in life’s nuance and complexity” (School Library Journal). Her new book follows Kit-with-a-small-k as she deals with friendship drama and her mother’s deteriorating mental health, all while keeping a ginormous secret: when she’s anxious, she turns into a naked mole rat.
Publication Date: October, 2019; Retail price: $16.95

Friday, August 7

Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker
Ware can’t wait to spend summer “off in his own world”—dreaming of knights in the Middle Ages and generally being left alone. But then his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where he must endure Meaningful Social Interaction and whatever activities so-called “normal” kids do. “Pennypacker’s writing is thoughtful, deliberate, believable, and punctuated seamlessly with touching moments. Ware’s inner thoughts add subtle humor and context to his character, creating moments for readers to understand what makes him tick.”The Children’s Book Review
Publication Date: February, 2020; Retail price: $17.99

Cost: $185 (early bird pricing). Includes 5 books (tax included & shipping also if needed).
A second child from the same family is an additional $100 (this is a discounted price and does not include books).

Sign up HERE

Note: Once you sign up, you may arrange to pick your books up at Children’s Book World in Haverford. Arrangements may also be made for Cheltenham area pick up. If you are out of town or otherwise require shipping of the books, please sign up by July 24th so we can ship your books to you in time! Thank you!


With any questions, email lynn@lynnrosen.com

Author: Lynn Rosen

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