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Yangsook Choi Visits CDS

Friday, November 8, 2019

The CDS Community Library and Center for Inquiry is almost open for business (our Open House is scheduled for next Friday), and we’ve already had our first visit from an author! Yangsook Choi, writer and illustrator of children’s books such as The Name Jar, New Cat, and The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy, recently spent a day at CDS, where she spoke with our students from the Early Childhood Program through eighth grade.

Yangsook started out with our younger students, reading her book New Cat and showing everyone how to draw a cat with brushstrokes shaped like letters of the alphabet. Next, she visited our middle school campus, where she talked about her life story, the art and craft of storytelling, and the middle grade novel that she’s currently working on. Finally, she held a “Young Artists Workshop” for students at the neighboring Boys & Girls Club. Perhaps the biggest hit at all three presentations was Yangsook’s trick of drawing a life-size lion in less than three minutes, using only a piece of charcoal and working to a musical accompaniment which matched the movement of her hands!

Several teachers told us that Yangsook’s visit tied in with current projects in the classroom. “We’re just about to take on our next writing unit: fiction!” said Third Grade Pelicans teacher Alex Miller. “We will surely lean on what we learned today to inspire our fictional pieces.” Transitional Kindergarten Alligators teacher Divya Vyas agreed: “I will be introducing storytelling in the classroom soon and this has inspired us to look at how stories, illustrations, and books work together. I’ll think more about how to include all three and follow the process that Yangsook spoke about.” We look forward to hosting many more authors in our new library space!