Famous Author Visits Local School

by Kim Tewalt on October 23, 2012 at 6:12 am

Students at Dresden Elementary spent the day with world reknown children’s author, Jerry Pallotta.

Select students had the opportunity to have lunch with the author, who’s written 80 books, including "The Icky Bug Alphabet Book" and "The Bird Alphabet Book". Pallotta says when he first began writing, his ideas came from his own children.

"It all started 30 years ago when my kids were little, I have four kids. My wife was one of those wives that said, "Read to the kids, read to the kids, read to the kids.". So I’m a dad who read to my kids. When I was reading I thought, "Hey, I could do this."" explained Pallotta.

Pallotta says he learns just as much from visiting the children at schools as the students learn from his books. He also draws inspiration from the children he visits in schools. One student says her favorite book is called "Who Will Help Santa This Year?".

"It’s about mermaids and Santa Claus tring to find something for helpers." said student Kylee.

Pallotta has written over twenty math and alphabet books, as well as several other series. He visits over 150 schools each year.