Gardner Bullis School’s BookQuest, a celebration honoring the school’s young writers, had a different look this year. The fourth annual event was held virtually June 8 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
BookQuest, inspired by Almond School’s BookWave program, gives students in grades K-6 the opportunity to create their own books.
During the spring of each school year, student authors, parents and other Gardner Bullis community members gather at the school to display the published works in the multipurpose room. A guest author is invited to speak.
This year’s BookQuest, originally scheduled April 2 – International Children’s Book Day – was postponed until June, and the students displayed their books over Zoom.
Devik Schreiner, a Gardner Bullis teacher and author, served as guest speaker. His presentation featured stories of his experiences as a writer, followed by a live Q&A session.
For every book published, $5 was donated to the Gardner Bullis Student Council’s cause of choice – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. In total, the event raised $450. This year, 56 published authors were honored, including an entire kindergarten class. The kindergartners created a book called “Cookbook of Kindness,” with each child contributing one page.
“The children really enjoy the program,” co-chairwoman Anna Kermani said. “You can see the pride in their eyes when they get their book and open their own book and illustrate it. We have a really nice variety of stories that come out of this program.”