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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

Thalia Book Club Camp Week 1, Day 2

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Published on July 12, 2016

Wow, what a fun, jam-packed day! We started off with some short theater games and skits, including a silly one where we all turned to the person next to us and said ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ So much was expressed in one simple word, based on our body language and tone of voice!      Phil […]

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Thalia Book Club Camp 2011: Last day!

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Published on August 12, 2011

We began our last day of camp on the Symphony Space stage, picking up where we left off with our dramatic reading of a scene from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. We then moved downstairs for our visit with Henry Neff, author and illustrator of today’s book, The Tapestry: The Hound of Rowan. During his presentation, […]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 3, Day 4

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Published on August 11, 2011

This morning we were very excited to be invited to the Park Avenue Armory for a behind-the-scenes tour of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s spectacular specially constructed theater and sprawling, very cool backstage area.  The RSC is in residence at the Armory this summer as a part of the Lincoln Center Festival, performing its repertory of five […]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 3, Day 3

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Published on August 10, 2011

Day 3 began on the Symphony Space stage with a game of pass-along storytelling. Sitting in circles, we each started a story and passed it to the person next to us, using our collective writing abilities to tell exciting stories of capture, rescue, and escape. We were then joined by Lauren Oliver, author of today’s […]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 3, Day 2

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Published on August 9, 2011

Today began with a visit from Dave Roman, author and illustrator of the graphic novel Astronaut Academy, which tells the story of kids who go to school in space. A fan of comic books from a young age, Dave told us that he still draws inspiration from the comic books he read as a kid: Calvin […]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 3, Day 1!

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Published on August 8, 2011

We began the week by playing a few games to get to know everyone.  We talked about our favorite books and then interacted with one another to fill in a fun fact sheet about all the books on tap for this week.   At 10 AM our guest author of the day, Ben Winters, arrived […]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 2, Day 5

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Published on August 5, 2011

The final day of week two began with a round of Readers’ Theater on the Symphony Space stage in which we dramatized one of our favorite chapters from today’s book, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood. Little did we know that Maryrose, who in addition to being an author is also an […]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 2, Day 4

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Published on August 4, 2011

Camp began this morning with a visit from the author and artist Brian Floca, illustrator of today’s graphic novel City of Light, City of Dark and of Lightship. Brian started off by showing us some of his earliest drawings; weasels, dinosaurs, Spiderman, and the Sesame Street duo Bert and Ernie were some of his favorite […]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 2, Day 3

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Published on August 3, 2011

We started off day three thinking about poetry and discussing the way today’s author, Jacqueline Woodson, uses poems to tell a story in her book Locomotion. After looking at some of the poetic forms she used — haikus, sonnets, and free verse — we experimented with a few other poetry formats. We wrote poems about […]

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Thalia Book Club Camp, Week 2, Day 2

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Published on August 2, 2011

Today was a particularly exciting day here at the Thalia Book Club Camp: With a visit from Gordon Korman, author of 39 Clues: The Medusa Plot, and a trip to Random House on our schedule, we still managed to fit in a morning of writing exercises in the theater. Each of us was assigned the […]

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