BPS elementary students will have the opportunity to spend quality time with award winning author, Maria Dismondy, this week as part of the Author & Artist in Residency Program. Sponsored by the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF), the Author & Artist in Residency Program links children in the BPS district with a real author or artist for real-life exposure to the arts.
“Thanks to the BEF, Greenfield Elementary along with seven other schools in Birmingham are honored and excited for the upcoming author visits with Maria Dismondy! Maria’s mission to empower children to be themselves is the theme of March Reading Month at Greenfield. Maria works to inspire boys and girls to write stories using their creativity. She encourages them to allow their individuality to pour into their writing through her books; Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun, Pink Tiara Cookies for Three, The Potato Chip Champ, Spoonful of Sweetness, Chocolate Milk, Por Favor!, and The Juice Box Bully. Her message of courage and kindness for students to ‘BE THE DIFFEFERNCE’ is contagious beginning with every student, spreading through classrooms, families, and throughout the Birmingham community. We are grateful for this opportunity to welcome Maria Dismondy!”
Dismondy, a Michigan resident, aims to empower children through her writing. Regarding her visit to BPS elementary schools, Dismondy says, "I am thrilled to be visiting the Birmingham School District. Sharing timeless messages in my books through school assemblies allows students to see how an author takes an idea through the writing process to create a published book. I am inspired to teach children necessary skills needed in life such as problem solving, empathy, kindness and more."
The Authors and Artists Program will continue later this spring, when author Eric Kahn Gale visits BPS middle schools to talk with students about his books, The Bully Book and The Zoo at the Edge of the World.