Authors In Schools
Bookmarks is passionate about connecting the community with books and authors, and we are pleased to bring authors to classrooms in local schools and community groups in the Piedmont Triad. We are proud to have reached over 12,000 students in 2018!
Why Authors in Schools?
According to Literacy Company statistics, more than 20% of adults read at or below a fifth-grade level, far below the level needed to earn a living in today's society. 48% of young children in the U.S. are not read to daily. More than 13 million children under the age of 5 go to bed without a bedtime story. Bookmarks hopes to improve these statistics in our community by bringing more authors into schools and by inspiring students to read and write.
When visiting authors interact with students, they answer questions about writing, the process of creating a book, their writing life, how to get ideas and write them on to paper, and the importance of reading in their lives. These experts in the field of writing serve as role models and offer children goals for them to aspire to.
Teachers also prepare the students before the author visits and for our author events. For instance, when bestselling author Rick Riordan visited Winston-Salem on tour for his new book, The Mark of Athena, Bookmarks offered free tickets to any Winston-Salem Forsyth County school (private, public, and home school). Media Coordinators were instructed to request the tickets for their students. Some librarians went a step further, inviting students to write essays, read books, and have trivia contests based on Riordan's books, in order to win the tickets. The students were encouraged to submit a question for Mr. Riordan, and nine lucky students were chosen to have front row seats and go on stage to ask Mr. Riordan their question at the event. After the event, free t-shirts were distributed to some of the schools.
By getting our youngest citizens involved in the literary community at an early age, they will hopefully stay involved and continue reading throughout their lives. In addition, by providing books to the children who attend the Festival, we know that we help children build their own libraries at home.
Teachers and media coordinators share the success of these author visits with us, stating that the children check out more books from the library written by visiting authors and are more excited about reading after an author visit. We have also seen our participation triple from 2009 to 2015 in our Young Readers Central area at our Festival which further shows us that we are reaching and inspiring students to read and write.
To arrange an author visit to your school:
- Download and fill out this form
- Email your completed form to Youth & Schools Coordinator Ashley Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Authors who would like to participate:
- Download and fill out this form
- Mail your completed form, along with a non-returnable copy of your book, to:
634 W. 4th Street #110
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Support Authors In Schools
Bookmarks pays authors who visit schools a small honorarium. This removes financial responsibility from the schools and allows schools who do not have funds to receive this rewarding and enriching experience at no cost to them. As a nonprofit organization, Bookmarks has limited funds and relies on donations. Make a donation today and help us send authors into schools in the Triad and give free books to local students and media centers.
To date, authors in our program have visited these schools in the Triad & beyond:
ABC of NC
Arts Based School
Atkins Academic Technology High School
Brooks Global Studies (Greensboro)
Caleb’s Creek Elementary
Central Davidson Middle School (Lexington)
East Forsyth High
Fair Grove Elementary (Thomasville)
Flat Rock Middle
Forest Park Elementary
Forsyth Country Day School
Greensboro College (Greensboro)
Hanes Magnet Middle
Head Start of Forsyth County
High Point University (High Point)
JFK High School
Johnson Street Global Studies
Kimberley Park Elementary
Kimmel Farm Elementary
Latino Achievers Club (through YMCA)
Middle Fork Elementary
Mineral Springs Elementary
Mineral Springs Middle
Montlieu Academy (High Point)
Mount Tabor High
North Carolina A&T University (Greensboro)
North Forsyth High
North Hills Elementary
Old Richmond Elementary
Paisley IB Magnet
Penn Griffin School of the Arts (High Point)
Piney Grove Elementary
Poplar Springs Elementary (King)
RJ Reynolds High
Rural Hall Elementary
Sedge Garden Elementary
Sherwood Forest Elementary
Smith Farm Elementary
South Fork Elementary
Union Cross Elementary
UNC Greensboro (Greensboro)
Wake Forest University
West Forsyth High
Winston-Salem Prep Academy
Winston-Salem State University