Three Hawthorne students become published authors

Third grade students in an extended learning program at Hawthorne are now published authors and other area children will have the opportunity to check out the books from the Keokuk Public Library and Hawthorne Elementary Library thanks to a grant and the support of the libraries.

Lydia Barrett, Ayden Bonilla-Pulido, Bradleigh Howren and Annalise Page are the newly published authors from Diane Berner’s class.

“This is a huge project that meets many Iowa standards including using technology to write, edit and publish a fiction story and using creativity and artistic talents, but most importantly it requires perseverance,” Berner said. “I’d like to thank the Keokuk Community Schools Foundation for believing in this project and the Keokuk Public Library for their support.”

For a second year, grant funds were secured to purchase hardback copies of the student creations to be placed in the two libraries. This came after students from the program continually asked if they would be able to check out their own books. One student had previously taken her book to the Keokuk Public Library to ask if they would let visitors check it out. 

Photo (left): Ayden Bonilla Pulido (left), Annalise Page and Lydia Barrett are third grade students that are now published authors.

Photo (right): Bradleigh Howren is also a third grade student that is a published author.