One of my favorite activities to do with my class is author studies. I have done various activities with each grade I have taught. I have always made all the books by a certain author availabe to all of my students. Sometimes we have done ABC books about the author. We have also written about our favorite stories by an author. My second graders also wrote a piece about why everyone should read books by their own favorite author. I have alot of success with authors writing letters to our class. Jan Brett has written back very quickly. Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, Joanna Cole, Marc Brown, and Robert Munsch have all responded to our letters. It is really engaging experience for the kids and gets them motivated to read. They feel like they really know the author. The books above have helped me with my author studies. I have also found great success with the Scholast Teaching with Favorite..... series. They have great printables and ideas.