The assemblies featured Nevada children’s book author Kevin Janison, creator of the Deputy Dorkface series, who offered an interactive presentation for students. In addition to a reading, he discussed the book publication process, including a book’s inception, a slideshow presentation on writing and editing, test audiences, the illustration process from sketch to what actually appears in the book and a test of students’ observations on what was changed. Janison also touched on the production process and he helped intermediate students in an exercise in which they created their own book based on “untruthful” stories they’ve told their parents.
WCSD Trustee Estela Gutierrez said she and her fellow board members were appreciative of Janison’s involvement with the assemblies.
“We are grateful that the children of Mariposa and Smithridge elementary schools will hear firsthand from a Nevada children’s author,” Gutierrez said prior to the assemblies. “Mr. Janison will not only read to the children but also demonstrate his writing and editing process. It’s important to help our children develop a love for learning. It’s a skill and passion that can stay with them for all of their life.”