Last week I announced to my students that they were going to be published authors and illustrators. It is always so great to see the spark in their eye when this time of year comes around. My reluctant writers suddenly open up and begin feverishly writing away. Today I handed out several students' typed up stories for them to illustrate. They were so excited to get started on their pictures! I can't wait to send their "published" books homes for them to share with their families.