May 30, 2017 was a VERY special day at Parkway Elementary School in Ewing, NJ! Our third, fourth, and
fifth grade students were excited to welcome author, illustrator Rashad Malik Davis! Prior to Rashad’s
visit, students read and discussed his book, Carefree, Like Me! during their Library class.
It was exciting to see how the students seemed to jump right into the story with the characters, Amir and Neena! Also,
the story’s cliffhanger ending left the students eager to find out what might happen in Chapter 2! As a
result, we started to prepare a list of questions for Rashad to answer on the day of his visit!
As a school library media specialist, I’ve read aloud many books to my students. However, I always tell
students it’s a special treat when they get to hear an author read his or her story.
Well, Rashad did not disappoint! He really made the story come alive as he created the atmosphere for reading and kept
students actively engaged throughout his presentation. It was such a pleasure to see the excitement
building in our students as Rashad read aloud to them and later shared his story as a writer and his plans
Thank you for providing our Parkway Panthers with such an amazing experience, Rashad! We can’t wait for you to return with Chapter 2 of Carefree, Like Me!
Karen Grant, School Library Media Specialist
Parkway Elementary School, Ewing NJ