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Kindergarten Students Welcome Guests to Starbooks Cafe, Sharing Picture Books That They Wrote and Illustrated

Tarrytown has long been a destination for its independent coffee shops. This week, the hottest shop in town was the Starbooks Cafe at John Paulding School, where kindergarten students created a welcoming space with beverages and treats followed by readings of their own books. From A Trip to Florida to Batman, Riding on a Pony to the Adventures of Cinnamon (a class mascot), students wrote about topics that are special to them. Several stood at the front of the ‘cafe,’ using their pointing to help them read the words they wrote and then showing their illustrations to a packed room of administrators and teachers.

In addition to reading aloud, students had several other jobs including greeting guests as they arrived, taking orders for and then delivering food and beverages, and running the cash register at which ‘money’ was accepted.  While not every student read their books aloud to the entire group, all students did have the opportunity to sit with visiting adults and read their books 1:1. 

Luca, who wrote about Cinnamon coming to their class in the middle of the night, said that he was very happy with what he wrote and he was glad to be able to stand up and read. Lillie shared that she went to Florida and wrote about the pool where she stayed, as well as the room and the car her family used there. And Richard wrote about Christmas and the decorations on the tree.

Starbooks showcases all the hard work our writers did in our Show & Tell unit where they applied their snap words and letter/sound knowledge to write pattern sentences and create pictures to match those sentences,” said Kindergarten Teacher Jessica Briante. “Our kindergarteners were able to write books that showed what they like, who they are, and what books they think our libraries are missing. I could not be more proud of all of our students for taking on their ‘cafe’ jobs and reading their books to the many adults who came to celebrate their learning.”