This year we had a very special guest come to our library for Read for the Record.
Loren Long and his wonderful book OTIS, which was the official Read for the Record book today, joined Van Meter and children from three other schools in a Google Hangout to celebrate.
We were so excited to see Loren come into the Google Hangout......big fans from all of the schools cheered extra loud today.
He started out by reading OTIS to all of us. I have read this book dozens of times, but this was the best time for all of us.
Loren answered questions from each school. We learned about what inspired him to write OTIS and why he is a tractor. He also talked about the other characters in this sweet series.
My son Hagan asked the question from Van Meter. We loved hearing all of the books that Loren has written and illustrated.
One of my favorites that he illustrated is Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna. It was fun to talk to him about it too.
Loren drew little OTIS for all of us too. The kids were amazed at how fast and how perfect he was. I heard a lot of comments like, "I want to be an artist like Loren Long too."
You can "Be Counted" on the Jumpstart website too!
The "World Record Reader" certificates can be found on the We Give Books website too. I can't wait to give these to the students tomorrow too.