Omaha Public Schools
posted on November 11, 2011
Kennedy Elementary students gained insight into the life and career of author and illustrator Lisa Campbell Ernst during her recent visit to the school. Ernst, who grew up in the Midwest, has written and illustrated more than 30 picture books, including "Stella Louella's Runaway Book," which won the Children's Choice Award in Kansas, and the ever-popular "Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt." Throughout her presentation, Ernst shared with students how she became an author, what her writing process is, how she develops characters, and the technique she uses to create illustrations for her books. At the conclusion of her presentation, students asked follow-up questions, which ranged from "If you could be one of the characters in your book, which would you choose to be?" to "If you were asked to create a TV sitcom based on one of your books, which one would you choose?" Immediately following her final presentation, a select group of students were invited to join Ernst for a special reception in the school's gymnasium.
Click here to see a photo slideshow from her visit.