Walkerville students are published authors

December 7, 2023

Walkerville third graders display their published book. -Contributed photo

Walkerville students are published authors

Wildcat News is a presentation of Walkerville Public Schools in partnership with Oceana County Press. 

By Allison Scarbrough, News Editor

WALKERVILLE — Students in Mandy Achterhof’s third, fourth and fifth grade English and language arts classes are published authors.

Each class published its own book through studentreasures.com with each student creating one page.

Walkerville fourth graders with their book. -Contributed photo

The third graders wrote “Tales of Halloween Night”; fourth graders penned “Surviving the Night at the Haunted School;” and fifth graders drafted “Sports All Around the World.”

“The kids came up with their title and what they wanted the book to be about,” said Achterhof. “They each wrote their own page and illustrated their own page to go in the book together. We put the book together and sent it to the company, and they bound it together with the cover.

“Parents were able to order their own copies, and we got free copies of the book for the school to have also. It was a lot of fun — the kids really enjoyed it. They asked every day, ‘Are our books in yet?’”

Once the books arrived, the students had a publishing party to celebrate. 

Walkerville fifth grade students and their published book. -Contributed photo

To order a book, visit studentreasures.com/ordercopies and enter the code for each class: third grade: 8270701; fourth grade: 8270700; and fifth grade: 8270699.

“They were so excited, and now they’re published authors.”

It took about three weeks for each class to complete its book. 

All of the books will be entered into a Student Treasures Publishing competition for a chance to win monetary prizes. Winners will be announced at the end of the school year.

The teacher said she plans to offer the book publishing project every three years, so a new batch of students can participate each time.

“The kids had a really awesome time.”

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