Student author featured at Maple Glen’s Family Literacy Night


Tonight, Maple Glen is hosting a Family Literacy Night “The Gift of Reading”, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

The featured author is one of Maple Glen’s students, Grace McClelland.  McClelland is a fourth grade student who was born with a special hand.  She wrote a book,”The Gift of Grace”, about having a special hand and being okay with her difference.

She will share her story and sign books.  Book sales will benefit her “favorite” non-profit, Hands to Love, which supports children with upper limb differences, as well as their families.

During the event, Grace’s book will be presented through an iMovie, she will field questions from the audience and sign books.

Students will be able to participate in games and activities such as a book walk, guess your teachers favorite book, puppets, scrabble, boggle and create Gift of Grace – gift boxes that students will write messages to share with someone special.

The Scholastic Book Fair will also be open for students to purchase books.

Grace has received a Nautilus Award for her book and has been nominated for both a Young Hoosier Book Award and a Schneider Award (through the ALA). Additionally, the publisher has created a writing contest in Grace’s honor which is a call for manuscripts that feature a child or person with physical differences. The award is having the book published, along with a cash prize.