Emily Arrow sings with PreK, K, and 1st graders!

To say our students have been a little excited to meet kid-lit-tunes musician Emily Arrow is an understatement! We’ve been reading books, singing her songs, and watching her YouTube videos for months, and the day finally came for her to sing with us LIVE and IN PERSON from the Elsa England Cafeteria!!!!!!

Thanks again to our fabulous PTA for sponsoring this amazing experience for our community!

Christian Robinson’s OUT OF THIS WORLD Author Visit

We were beyond thrilled to welcome Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson to England Elementary, on the *very first* morning of his book tour for his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator with his wordless picture book, Another.

Ms. Holcek’s second graders proudly introduced Mr. Robinson, sharing with the audience details about his books, helping welcome him to our school and kicking off his presentation.

Our kindergarten, first and second grade students (and teachers!) were enthralled with his presentation, and we all enjoyed “telling” the story of Another from our perspectives as he shared it with us during a special wordless group read-aloud.


Author/Illustrator Christian Robinson to visit K-2 on March 4th!

Kindergarteners, 1st and 2nd graders are very excited to have the opportunity to hear from New York Times Bestselling, Award-Winning Author-Illustrator, Christian Robinson, as he speaks about his debut picture book, Another, at England Elementary on Monday, March 4th!

Another will be released on March 5th, but our students can purchase it through BookPeople and our school library and it will arrive in time for Mr. Robinson to sign and personalize it to your student on the day of his visit! Preorders need to be turned in to our library by Friday, March 1st with this order form. Orders can be paid by check (made out to BookPeople), cash (exact change please), OR orders can be placed online through the BookPeople website!!! All ordering information is on this order form.
If you’d like to hear more about Mr. Robinson and his work, please check out this presentation I created and shared with students a few weeks ago!

January 2019 by the numbers…

Hello Hello, Emily Arrow, Hello!

PreK students, Kindergarteners, and 1st graders are very excited to meet Emily Arrow on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27th! Emily is a former elementary-school-music-teacher-turned-kidlit-singer/songwriter; writing and performing fabulous songs based on picture books!

You can watch many videos of her original songs on her Emily Arrow YouTube channel, and we are excited to offer the pre-sale opportunity to purchase a signed CD before her visit! Order forms will be sent home in the next few days, and please return them by Monday, February 11th! You can also click the image below to download a new pre-order form.

Thank you to our AWESOME PTA for funding and supporting this very special literacy-music visit from Emily Arrow!

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous (except not!) Author Visit!

Nathan Hale’s Visit was nothing short of AMAZING! Our 4th & 5th grade students and teachers were in for a real treat, hearing Nathan Hale tell a story you can *only* hear during a school visit…. all while illustrating the tale LIVE on the big screen! What an incredible visit. Thanks again to our PTA for supporting amazing author visit experiences!

Preparing to meet Author-Illustrator Nathan Hale on December 11, 2018!

Our Fourth and Fifth graders are very excited to meet Author-Illustrator Nathan Hale in a few weeks! Learn more about Mr. Hale and his hilarious, historically-accurate books in the Google Slides presentation below, which was presented to 4th & 5th graders today.

{Note: Mr. Hale has many more works to his name than what is featured in the presentation below! Read more about his work here.}


Order Forms are due November 5, 2018!
Click the order form below to download a copy!

Click below to watch his video on War Hats!

Bluebonnet Author Donna Janell Bowman to visit 2-4th graders on Friday, November 2nd!

The lucky 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders at England Elementary will host the Bluebonnet-Award-Nominated Author, Donna Janell Bowman, on Friday, November 2nd! Her recent book, Step Right Up, How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness, is currently on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List for 2018-19!

If you would like to order an autographed copy of Donna Janell Bowman’s recent books, please click on the image below and return the order form with payment by Monday, September 17th.


Local independent bookstore, BookPeople, is selling copies of Step Right Up and Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words to our students in advance of her visit, so our guest is able to sign and personalize books while she visits England Elementary!

Thank you in advance to our PTA, who helps makes visits like this possible for our students!

Ben Clanton’s Awesome Authorstrator Visit!