Children’s book author visits pupils at Ventnor schools

Supplied/Bruce Coville with Ventnor Middle School students, left to right, Daniel Smith, Sofia Delgado-Salazar, Lily Hocker, Robert Salvato, Amelia Percy, Nico Tinsley, Cooper Lewis, Coville, Max Hoban, Sierra Pedrick, Ingrid Pohlig , Jonathon Parsons and Sophia Buonadonna.

VENTNOR — Children’s book author Bruce Coville visited the Ventnor Educational Community Complex on Friday, April 29 to talk to students about the writing process.

Bruce Coville with eighth grader Sierra Pedrick.

Coville has written over 100 books for children and young adults with translations into over a dozen languages. He has won numerous writing awards, including the New York Library Association’s prestigious Empire State Award for Excellence in Literature for Young People.

Coville’s love of books began as a child reading Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and Tom Swift as well as “millions of comic books”. He said he read “books that made him laugh, but also made him shiver with terror”.

Wanting to convey these feelings to others is what spurred her love of writing.

Bruce Coville and fourth-grade student Noah Polinski.

Coville knew he wanted to be a writer in his mid-teens, and at 19 he “never looked back.” His first book, “The Foolish Giant”, a picture book illustrated by his wife Katherine Coville, was published in 1977.

Coville spoke to K-8 students at three assemblies, then attended a “working lunch” at the Ventnor Middle School library with 12 students in grades 5-8. Every student in the school had the opportunity to meet and greet the author and buy a signed book.

Coville also visited Ventnor in 2013, and once again proved to be a dynamic speaker, librarian Debbie Brahmi said in a statement.

Bruce Coville and fifth-grade student Robert Salvato.

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