Children’s book author and former Williams Elementary School student Jennifer Coleman visited her elementary alma mater on Tuesday to showcase her new book and receive a special on-campus honor.
The campus celebrated Cowboy Day with Coleman, who introduced students to his recent book, “Come ‘N Git It,” which features Cookie and her cowboy wagon.
Coleman said it was a very special time to be back at his elementary school and reliving the memories.
“Some of the things haven’t changed at all, and the thing that hasn’t changed at Williams that I take with me is the spirit of this school,” Coleman said. “I learned so many life lessons here that have continued to serve me as an educator and as a children’s author.”
The students enjoyed hearing the book read by the author and participated in a song “Deep in the Heart of Texas” and enjoyed a cart lunch.
Speaking about his book, Coleman said his latest picture book, titled “Come ‘N Git It,” follows a fictional Chuck Wagon cook on the goodnight love trail.
“Throughout the book, I have historical non-fiction text elements that help explain to kids what it was like to be a cowboy 200 years ago under harsh conditions,” Coleman said.
Through the book, she would like to speak to children about the character trait of courage and courage, because it is an important life skill that they must know and what better way than to demonstrate it through literature, added Coleman. .
Coleman was also honored with an induction into the Williams Elementary School Hall of Honor with encouragement to students that all Wildcats can set goals and achieve extraordinary accomplishments.
“The Hall of Honor was something we started having as a place to honor people who are really important to inspiring kids and teachers here at our school and we wanted Jennifer to have a permanent place here,” said Erin Settle, librarian at Williams Elementary.
Coleman attributed part of her success to a writing award she received when she was a sophomore at Williams.
“I feel so honored and love that I can continue to inspire after I leave today,” she said.