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2016 Student Authors' Fair

Student Authors' Fair 2016, Santa Cruz Gardens students

Santa Cruz Gardens at Student Authors' Fair

Hundreds of students and families visited the Capitola Mall on April 30, 2016, for the annual Student Authors’ Fair. The Student Authors’ Fair (SAF), organized by the Santa Cruz County Reading Association with sponsorship of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, is a special celebration of the talents of elementary school students from throughout Santa Cruz County. This book fair features hundreds of titles, in a multitude of formats, written and illustrated by children themselves.

Student Authors' Fair 2016

Del Mar Elementary student author

Student Authors' Fair 2016

Hall District Elementary School, a school within Pajaro Valley Unified School District, proudly displayed a book of how-to texts, explaining how to draw different animals. Mintie White Elementary School kindergarten students, also from Pajaro Valley Unified, wrote informational books in Spanish describing the characteristics and behavior of different animals. Soquel Elementary School displayed “All About…” books and Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School had restaurant reviews as well as stories.

Student Authors' Fair 2016

Brook Knoll author and proud teacher

Student Authors' Fair 2016

One highlight for fair attendees was the Author’s Chair. Hosted by San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School teacher Janet Stahl, student authors were invited to read their books to the assembled crowd and then discuss their ideas and writing process with Ms. Stahl.

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Student Authors' Fair 2016

Main Street Elementary at Student Authors' Fair

The pride and joy of authorship and reading were evident at all the school tables, staffed by parents and school staff volunteering their time on a Saturday. Over twenty schools participated in this year’s fair. Linda Muehlhauser of Brook Knoll Elementary School, in Scotts Valley, once again served as coordinator of the event.

Student Authors' Fair 2016

At the end of the day, Santa Cruz County Reading Association President Lauren Pomerantz, a teacher at Del Mar Elementary School in Live Oak, commented on how pleased she was to once again sponsor this showcase for the talents of student authors in Santa Cruz County. For more information on the Santa Cruz County Reading Association, the Student Authors’ Fair or to sign your school up to participate in 2017, please visit the Santa Cruz County Reading Association’s website.

Student Authors' Fair 2016

Freedom Elementary at Student Authors' Fair

Student Authors' Fair 2016

Thank you to Jessica Middour for the photos.

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