Fourth graders at Woodhull Intermediate School and Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School enjoyed a special treat thanks to Huntington UFSD’s Arts-in-Education Committee, which arranged for a visit by popular children’s book author David A. Kelly, who is well-known for the Ballpark Mysteries series and Most Valuable Player series of books.
It took for Mr. Kelly to settle into a career as a writer and author of children’s books. The Ballpark Mysteries center on cousins Kate and Mike and how they go about solving mysteries at various Major League Baseball parks. The MVP series features a group of elementary school kids enjoying adventures while playing different sports. Both series of books are published by Random House.
During his visits to the two Huntington UFSD schools, Mr. Kelly covered a range of topics, including how children can become writers, specific techniques he uses in his Ballpark Mysteries, including setting, character, plot and suspense; the writing and editing process, including examples of what his editor at Random House does to his stories and what it takes to be a successful author.
Huntington UFSD is doing everything it can to encourage students on every grade level to read and write as much as they can. It strengthens students across every academic discipline and it’s fun, too.