On March 3, young adult author Tiffany Schmidt stopped by Ridley High School for a presentation in the Board Room. Tiffany is the author of Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, Hold Me Like a Breath, and the upcoming Break Me Like a Promise. Students from Creative Writing, Art, and the Emerald Academy Book Club gathered to hear Tiffany speak about her transition from middle school teacher to full-time writer, how her students have inspired her, and her writing routine. She told students, “There is value in the things you value and enjoy, whether it’s writing, music, or science. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!” She also talked about how she fills her “creative well” by going outside and getting moving whenever she gets stuck in her writing. Hiking, swimming, fresh air, and sunshine always inspire her! Tiffany’s genuine nature and sweet personality engaged our students, and she was very impressed with their thoughtful questions. Special thanks to Children’s Book World in Haverford for making this event possible!
Ms. Pickett with 9th grader Amy, who is reading Bright Before Sunrise.
If you’ve stopped by the library lately, maybe you’ve seen the new READER’S GUIDE TO RIDLEY bulletin board! It covers local places to “Treat Your Shelf” to new books, the best local spots to hang out and read, and some of Pennsylvania’s very own YA authors:
Treat Your Shelf:
Best Spots to Read:
- Your Local Library’s Teen Room
- Hobbs Coffee in Swarthmore, PA
- Seven Stones Café in Media, PA
- Starbucks (try Ms. Pickett’s new favorite, the Caramel Brulée Latte!)
YA Authors in PA:
Special thanks to Mrs. Tucci for the READER’S GUIDE TO RIDLEY sign!
Have you heard about the We Need Diverse Books movement? It’s a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates for literature that represents the lives of all young people. We Need Diverse Books recognizes all diverse experiences, including LGBT, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and religious minorities. And the Ridley High School Library HAS diverse books, with more coming in all the time! Just check out the new bulletin board, featuring lots of our new arrivals. The bulletin board also proudly displays some #WeNeedDiverseBooks signs from some of your teachers, and an extra-special sign by Tiffany Schmidt, author of Hold Me Like a Breath and more. So when school starts up again in September, make sure you drop by the library to check out our diverse books and choose one to read!
P.S. To learn more about We Need Diverse Books, watch this #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign video:
On Thursday, July 9, Pennsylvania author Tiffany Schmidt stopped by the Ridley High School Library. She was the guest of honor at a Lunch with a Local Author, which was part of the brand new Ridley Professional Institute course called Hey-YA Needs Diversity. Tiffany is the author of the young adult novels Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and Hold Me Like a Breath. She also recently wrote the wonderful picture book, The Adventures of Black Dog. Each of the teachers in Hey-YA Needs Diversity read her choice of Tiffany’s books. This made for a lively discussion about how she finds inspiration for her writing, the publishing business, and what amazing books we need to add to our “to-read” lists. Getting to know Tiffany and learning more about her young adult novels has made us even more excited to share them with our students this coming school year!
On Thursday, October 11, approximately 200 Ridley High School students participated in an author visit with Jen Calonita, Tiffany Schmidt, and Robin Wasserman. The Board Room had standing room only as students listened to these authors talk about the process of writing and revising a novel, getting it published, and eventually seeing their books on bookstore and library shelves. After the authors spoke, students asked questions about how writers find inspiration, how their lives have changed since becoming published authors, and what books they like to read in their spare time. The event wrapped up with a book signing. Jen Calonita, whose previous career as an entertainment editor has inspired her writing, is the author of Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Belles, and Winter White. Tiffany Schmidt published her debut novel, Send Me a Sign, on October 2. This was her very first school visit and she was impressed with what a great audience our students were! Robin Wasserman, whose most recent novel is The Book of Blood and Shadow, brought her trademark humor and energy to the presentation. Special thanks go to Children’s Book World in Haverford, Pennsylvania, for arranging this outstanding author visit! Copies of books by each of these authors will be available soon in the library, so stop by to check one out!
Robin Wasserman speaks to students as Jen Calonita and Tiffany Schmidt look on.
Jen Calonita, Tiffany Schmidt, and Robin Wasserman pose with their new Ridley water bottles as Ms. Pickett perches nearby.