Over twenty years ago I learned the art of visiting author promotion from Colleen Holt, the community relations coordinator from the long lost Borders Books and Music at Bailey’s Crossroads. She is a refined lady, but you would want her scrappy spirit on your team if you were on survivor island. Her secrets basically boil down to “go big” and “strive to include food.” Since we are not allowed to feed our kids at our school, I have focused on going big. On April 4th we have the wonderful Candace Fleming coming to our school. One of her two newest books is the nonfiction Giant Squid that is illustrated by her talented husband, Eric Rohmann. I am fortunate to have an artistic library volunteer who helped make my vision of a giant squid come alive. We had to settle for one that is twenty five feet long, instead the record forty three feet. To help hype things, I also am having a maker challenge for students to make something out of recycled materials inspired by one more of her over thirty books. The top creation for k-2 and 3-5 earn their very own squid hat. I find it fascinating that this creature is one of the largest animals on the planet, yet we know so little about it. It was video taped for the first time in 2006. There is no official video evidence but scientist suspect that giant squid battle sperm whales. It seems that the giant squid often loses the fight due to the thousands of giant squid beaks (mouths) found in the stomachs of sperm whales.
The Giant Squid are coming!