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Learning to Find Stories in Everyday Life

Learning to Find Stories in Everyday Life

 

Katherine LaFleur Standing in front of her class for the first time this week, Kathrine LaFleur sees a world of imagination. Her second grade students are starting to read for deeper meaning, and finding new freedom in written expression.

 

As the author of six books for children and young adults, Kathrine has a special appreciation for the way words transport and empower.

 

“I want to make writing and being an author more accessible than it was to me,” said Kathrine, who is starting her third year teaching at Thornhill Elementary School. “I want my students to learn not to be afraid of challenges. I talk about the books I’m working on and make a point to tell them I was not always sure if I would succeed, and that it doesn’t feel easy when you’re starting out.”

 

Kathrine’s latest young adult fantasy novel, Moonlight Hunting, was released in July 2016. It is her third novel, following two chapter books and one picture book. A common theme in both her stories and her work as an educator: find out what is different about each of us and use those differences as strengths.

 

“The more you write, the more ideas you get. You may be walking down the street and look at a mural and suddenly a story idea comes to mind,” Katherine said. “The practice of writing activates the brain and gets it ready to see potential for stories in every area of life.”

Moonlight Hunting

 

Kathrine devotes class time each day to a free writing exercise, inviting students to write about a topic of choice. She selects readings that feature a variety of characters that kids can see themselves in.

 

“There are so many kinds of books to read and they should explore all the different genres until they find what speaks to them,” she said.

 

Kathrine LaFleur will be reading from her new book Moonlight Hunting tonight (Aug. 25th) from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Laurel Bookstore, 1423 Broadway, Oakland. LaFleur is donating a percentage of book sales to the nonprofit Juma Ventures.