In Dubai!

Just finished my first week at the American School of Dubai (ASD), and it couldn’t have been better. The librarians and teachers have worked all year to prepare for my visit, and the students are BEYOND AWESOME. The school is so supportive of author presentations that every year, not one but TWO authors visit, so I’m lucky to have John Coy here at the same time: We’re both having a blast!

With John, ready for our first day:

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Students who spoke at the opening welcome assembly getting last-minute tips, with librarians Carly Brown (far left) and Natasha Pollock (right).

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Natasha and John at the assembly.

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A HUGE honor: ASD chose A LONG WALK TO WATER for their first-ever One School One Book program. EVERY student from 3rd grade through high-school seniors read the book! Here’s a display in the elementary library, where students added drops of water with their comments on the book.




At dinner with the amazing librarians. From left: me, K-1 Librarian Carly Brown; elementary librarian Natasha Pollock, author John Coy; middle school librarian Jill Egan; high school librarian Jenny Baltes.

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IT teacher Renee Williams, a longtime Dubai resident, gave us a wonderful tour of the historic district called the Creek. Here’s Renee standing in a traditional Dubai house that’s been converted into the Majlis Art Gallery.



Cross the Creek in an abra, or water taxi. Fare: 1 dirham, about 27 cents!


I have much more to add about my time here in Dubai, and the best part is, it’s only half over! This week I got to spend time with middle-school students, and those in grades 3-5. Next week: kindergarten through grade 2, plus high school. More posts to come!

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