A Very Special Visit and a Giveaway for You!

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a terrific weekend.

Remember earlier in the week when I was excited about a visit from Jerry Pallotta?  Well, the visit was awesome!

This was by far the best author's visit I've ever experienced.  He was engaging, informative and just down-right funny. 

He had the kids in stitches :)

Here are a few pictures from the visit.  He started by reading us this book: A Giraffe Did One.  As he was reading us this book, he explained how he went through several editing phases to get the book "just right".  Do you want to know what a giraffe did?  :)

Then, he shared with us some of his books from his series "Who Would Win":

He called several students on stage throughout the program and either dressed them up, or had them transform into different animals:

I was even transformed into a shark:

It was a fantastic visit!  He had us laughing all day long.  After he presented to our students at three different assemblies, he even took a hour to just talk to the teachers.  He was so full of ideas about how to incorporate his books into our curriculum and into our writing programs.  His first books were ABC books and that model can be used for so many writing projects throughout the school year.  For example, our science and social studies classes just wrote ABC books about the American Revolution.  We have all thoroughly enjoyed reading what the students have learned about the American Revolution :)

I bought a few books to share with you (and some for myself, of course!)  I had him sign three copies so that I could give them away to you, my faithful followers!

The books I have are

If you'd like these three copies, signed by Jerry Pallotta, enter below!  The giveaway ends next Saturday!  Good Luck :)
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  1. Oh it sounds like an awesome visit Elizabeth!!! I love those kinds of experiences for the kids. I'm really intrigued by the ABC book for the American Revolution idea...I would LOVE to try that this year. I hope you're having a nice weekend :) :)

  2. So fun! I love the Hershey Fractions book. I use it every year with my kiddos!
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  3. I love author visits! That is fantastic that he took time to meet with the teachers too. I've only ever used his math books - I guess I should check out some of this other books too. I love when authors tell the students how much editing and revising they do - it makes me seem not so horrid making them edit and revise once, maybe twice!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  4. LOVE his books and thank you so much for sharing-- it sounded like such a wonderful presentation :) Happy weekend!

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  5. Yay! How fun and sweet of you to do this!! Well, the book I've used the most is the Hershey Fractions book. But, now I want to see this American Revolution book. Sooooo...

    Thanks again! I bet it was so fun for the students (heck, it would have been fun for ME!)

    Collaboration Cuties

  6. What a great visit! I had the pleasure of seeing him at the Lee County Reading Conference in Fort Myers, FL and was so inspired and entertained. My favorite book by him is Who Would Win the Killer Whale or the Great White Shark.
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  7. Wow I love the ABC book for different topics learned. Not sure why I never put two and two together on that one! I might just do that after TCAP. Or save it for next year. I onloy have ever read his Fraction books but have some others in my class library that my kids enjoy.
    Third Grade Tidbits

  8. Sounds like such a fun day!!! So jealous:) That was awesome that he spent so much time there and made it so fun:))) Your giveaway looks too fun! Ummmm......why didn't I know you had a FB page???? I'm a bad bestie:/ Well, I know/follow/liked now;)

    4th Grade Frolics

    1. He has so many GREAT books! But my students love his Who Would Win? series! I can hook the most reluctant and low reader with that series!! We've had quite a few author visits at our school and they usually go well. Sounds like we should look into this author! :)

  9. I have and use his Shapes and Patterns book, but would love to see the Addition book and 100s book!

  10. I love all of his books. My students do too!! My favorite has to be The Hershey Fraction Book. My kids read this book all of the time, even after we have already finished our fraction unit for this year. I think it is awesome that they really understand the visual he provides. I would love to add these three books to my library to share with my kiddos!!

  11. My favorite is The Hershey Fraction Book!

  12. I love the Who Would Win Series!

  13. Love love love his books! I was able to see him present a few years ago-- so funny! My favorite book is Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?

    EduKate and Inspire

  14. My 3rd graders love Apple Fractions- it's a little easier to comprehend than the Hershey Fractions book. My husband grew up loving Jerry Pallotta ABC books. He seems like a great presenter! What a great way to celebrate March is Reading Month!

  15. Lucky you!!! Sounds like such a great and special day! My students really like the Hershey Fractions book. I love his ABC books! I haven't yet read any of the "Who Would Win" books but I'm really anxious to!

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  16. The book I use most often is the Hershey Fractions book but I love them all!

  17. Love The Ocean Alphabet Book! It's a great way to introduce my Kansas students to the beautiful ocean!

    Danita Price

  18. Hershey Fractions are my favorite, but I did just teach fractions. My class LOVES his Who Would Win? series.

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  19. I am new to 4th grade and would love to incorporate these hands-on exciting lessons for my 4th graders!