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Children's Book Author Kate Klise Visits Meadow Pond Elementary School

Children's book author Kate Klise visited Meadow Pond Elementary School.
Children's book author Kate Klise visited Meadow Pond Elementary School. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- Meadow Pond Elementary School students were visited by children's book author Kate Klise, as part of Parents as Reading Partners month.

Klise, an Illinois native, has written a number of popular children’s books – including the “43 Old Cemetery Road” series – illustrated by her sister, Sarah.

When meeting with students, Klise shared her secret formula for writing a good story. She told students it is important not to be discouraged if their first draft isn’t perfect. Her first book, written at age 10, was inspired by “Stuart Little,” but ultimately lacked any real excitement.

“It wasn’t a very good book,” she said. “It was kind of boring.”

Since then, she said she found that introducing characters, problems and adventures to her stories makes them more colorful and fun.

“We don’t start with the details; we start with the bones and add the details later,” said Klise, who encouraged students to write many drafts of their work. “Remember that writing is a messy business.”

Students were invited to create their own characters, problems and adventures and many took home books signed by Klise.

Klise’s visit was one of many special events held throughout the month of March to celebrate Parents as Reading Partners month.

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