Award-winning author and UM-Flint alumnus returns to talk to kids about the power of words



FLINT — Famed children’s author Christopher Paul Curtis and UM-Flint alumnus will return to his alma mater to share his writing and inspirations with fourth-graders from Flint Community Schools Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Curtis will host two sessions with students in the UM-Flint Theatre, from 9:30-10:30 and 12:30-1:30.
Curtis, who has won numerous awards for his writing, has been publishing his work for more than two decades. He will discuss his own writing with the students and answer questions about his books and characters.
Curtis will answer questions from the children about the characters in his books, such as Bud, Not Buddy, The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963, and others, discussing how he uses imagination to change real happenings into fiction.
At a time when community efforts to promote literacy are increasing throughout Genesee County, Curtis’ message was especially relevant as he shared examples of  how the simple habit of reading impacts so many areas of a child’s life.
“You’ve got your dreams,” Curtis said to the students in 2016. “Work on them. The two most important things though are to learn to read and write well.”


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