Yesterday, students at Middletown Springs Elementary School were able to meet and talk to a local author to learn about the process of writing a book and the steps it takes in order to get published.
Jonathan Schroth is a sales manager turned children’s book writer. His first book “A Tale of Blackberries” was written after his head was buried in his refrigerator looking for a snack. A personal story of blackberries, growing up with 7 siblings, getting married and having 3 children of his own; the book was born out of a childhood memory and a connection to earth to teach children the importance of holding onto memories that evoke positive emotions. Jonathan now resides in Rutland, VT, and came to visit fourth through sixth grade students at MSES this morning. He read his book and talked about the processes of developing a story, from start to post-publishing. Students were able to ask questions, talk about their own personal narratives, and learn what it truly takes to publish a book.
Schroth mentioned that he is in the process of writing another book, however it will not be a children’s book this time; but a culmination of thoughts he has on a daily basis. He also plans on writing more children’s books in the near future.
It was an amazing opportunity for students to learn about the importance of writing; Schroth even emphasized that even at 9, 10, or even 13 years old, the students can publish their own works if they set their mind to it. Regardless, Schroth’s message was clear: “write anytime you have an idea, you never know if you’ve come up with the next bestseller.”
Thank you, Jonathan! Check out some highlights below.