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Third Graders Chat with Jeff Kinney!

My third grade class at John L. Hensey School in Washington, Illinois, was chosen to do a Skype session with Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The students were selected for this awesome opportunity through Scholastic Book Clubs. The class shared the Skype session with the other third-grade classes at our school. Eighty third-grade students talked with Jeff Kinney Friday, December 16, 2011. The students were able to ask him questions. One of the questions the students asked was “Will there be another Diary of a Wimpy Kid book?” Jeff Kinney said he is working on the next book and would like it to be about Rowley falling in love. We asked him how long he had been writing, and he told us that he started writing the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book when he was 28 years old, and he is now 40. Jeff Kinney told us that the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie would come out next summer and would be a combination of the third and fourth books. During the Skype session, Jeff Kinney showed the students a tour of his office where he works. He showed the students how he used to write all his ideas in a notebook, but now he uses his iPhone to record all his ideas. He left the students by saying, “If you want to become an author, you have to turn off the video games and television.” Jeff Kinney is a busy man, and the students were so grateful he took time out of his busy day to share his experiences of being an author. We could not have asked for a more down-to-earth person to talk to. We are so excited to write Jeff Kinney letters to tell him thank you and how much we enjoyed meeting him. We could not wait to tell our family and friends how fun it was to Skype with Jeff Kinney. I feel this experience will be special to the students for a long time.

This post comes to you from Ms. Parrott of Washington, Illinois.

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  1. Miss Gemma (an English teacher in South Korea)

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I am planning to watch the DVD and read the book with my students during the winter English camp. Your writing helped me a lot with planning my class.

  2. Jonathan Awe

    Wow, what a great motivator to get your third grader writing. I love how Jeff talked about turning off the T.V.s. My third graders would have loved this!

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