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“Mike was a pleasure to have in our Kindergarten classroom! Our students have been learning about the roles of an author and an illustrator. They were THRILLED to meet one in real life – even through a Zoom screen. Mike has the energy and enthusiasm that every five-year-old enjoys! His book was entertaining and the twins in our classroom definitely appreciated the recognition. Our Kindergarteners absolutely loved the live illustrations, too. They were excited to pick their favorite drawing and share it with Mike through the screen. We would gladly have Mike visit our classroom, again!”
Special Education Teacher, Clarence Center Elementary
“My students, teachers, and parents alike had such an engaging author visit with Mike Ciccotello. Mike shared not only his love of books but also had prepared the perfect follow-along illustrator activity that even my youngest students could not only easily follow along but loved every second of it. The teachers (including myself) also took part and had an unforgettable author visit. We loved him so much that we are having him back again this new school year! If you are looking for a dynamic and engaging author who knows kids as he is a father of twins, look no further!”
School Media Specialist, Shrewsbury Borough School
“We were thrilled to have Mike Ciccotello present his workshop during our Signs of Hope program at the Boys & Girls Club of Red Bank. His energy was a perfect fit for the five-, six-, and seven-year-old students. They loved the hands-on drawing activities — especially when it was time for their rockets to “blast off” — and hearing an author-illustrator read his own book was a real treat. We can’t wait to work with Mike again!”
Membership & Community Engagement Director
“Mike was the obvious choice to lead our school’s first digital design class. Spend time chatting with him, and you’ll quickly realize how excited he is to share his knowledge. Mike’s enthusiasm for art, his skill on the iPad, and his cheerful personality are the perfect combination for engaging students and inspiring them to create.”
President, Foundation for Shrewsbury Education
Mike’s visit was a great success, judging by the comments and notes that came pouring in from both students and teachers! What stood out about Mike’s presentation, besides his obvious strong rapport with the children, was how he clearly showed the nonlinear revision process as I’ve never seen before. We were fascinated to see the evolution: from original piece, to seeking the input of others, choosing what changes to make, to the amazing final product. The effectiveness of collaboration is a vital lesson for learners of all ages, and I can’t imagine a more vibrant way to teach it. I hope Mike’s example will stay with our students for a lifetime.
Susan B. LaGatta, MLIS
School Library Media Specialist, Mary E. Roberts Elementary School