SHANNON, Miss. (WTVA) - Dianne de Las Casas has written numerous children's books and also professional books for teachers and librarians.
With the help of some Shannon fifth graders the writer acted out scenes from one of her titles.
Teachers say these types of visits to their school make an impression on students.
Teacher Joy Lucius said, "We just wanted to see our kids exposed to a regional writer. We just want them to know they can write, perform and follow their dreams like she did."
After the presentation the school took this activity to another level.
The students got to write their own stories.
Lucius said, "The kids are going to use core curriculum objectives to talk about authors, point of view, and several different objectives from each grade level. When they're done, they're going to have their own regional tale. We're excited to see where it's going to go from there."
The author says it's exciting to her that students are able to get creative and then express their ideas.
Dianne de Las Casas said, "I love that the school is taking this one step further. Here comes an author, she does her presentation, and it's not over. They're going back into the classroom and writing their own stories."
Third through fifth graders participated, and the best stories will get published on the writer's web site.