Activities: Authors 7-12

This set of lesson cards can be used to support learning about author's purpose or inspiration and the writing process.

  1. Scan the QR codes on the front of the card
  2. Listen and learn directly from authors
  3. Reflect and respond

Authors Inspire Us: Authors 7-12: Set A

Authors and illustrators are inspired by:
a. Curiousity b. Other authors c. Challenges d. Social justice

Answer Key: 1(c), 2(b), 3(a), 4(d)


  1. A Boy and a Jaguar Narrated by Alan Rabinowitz (challenges) | Meet-the-Author Book Reading
  2. Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander (other authors) | Meet-the-Author Book Reading
  3. On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne (curiosity) | Meet-the-Author Book Reading
  4. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon (social justice) | Meet-the-Author Book Reading

Authors Inspire Us: Authors 7-12: Set B

History has many stories. Whose voices are being heard in these stories? Which part of the population is being represented? Listen to two. What are the similarities and differences?


  1. In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth C. Davis (enslaved people) | Meet-the-Author Book Reading
  2. The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang (Hmong) | Meet-the-Author Book Reading
  3. October Mourning by Lesléa Newman (LGBTQ) | Meet-the-Author Book Reading
  4. Dreaming in Indian by Lisa Charleyboy (Indigenous/Native Americans) | Meet-the-Author Book Reading