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Author visit sparks love for reading at Jarvis

photo of woman reading a book to a classroom of students

Area native and author Amy Kosina reads her book “Cookie Goes to the Hospital” to Jarvis Middle School students.

Sometimes, a book is just a book—until you have the chance to meet the author.

Before winter break, students in several Jarvis Middle School classrooms had that opportunity.

Area native Amy Kosina stopped in to share her first children’s book, Cookie Goes to the Hospital. It is a tale about about a young duckling named Cookie that must be brave when he is ill and must go to the hospital. He discovers true friendship and learns that there is no such thing as being a “normal” duckling.

Mrs. Kosina visited Joanna Kosina’s advisory and Neil McCraith, Leisa Murphy and Melissa Harris classrooms. She read the story to each class and then answered students’ questions. Student asked a variety of questions ranging from about Mrs. Kosina’s favorite color to how long it took to write the book.

“Helping students make a connection to literature is an important part of learning. When students are engaged, they are more inclined to read and they tend to retain more of what they read,” said Principal Melissa Hoskey.

“Mrs. Kosina’s visit helped breath life into an inanimate book. Students saw the author as a person and listened to the story in a different way.”