In Something the Sun Made, Ms. Bolden's 7th grade class drew inspiration from reading A Raisin in the Sun and sought to connect to New Orleans in the same way Lorraine Hansberry masterfully connected the Younger family experience to Chicago. They set out in their neighborhood under the leadership of photographer and teaching artist Maiwenn Raoult to uncover corners and hidden gems while capturing the essence of their New Orleans in an authentic way. Inspired by their photographs, they then wrote courageous testimonials, poetic narratives, and fictitious tales--all centered in the streets of the 9th ward.

In Something the Sun Made, Ms. Bolden's 7th grade class drew inspiration from reading A Raisin in the Sun and sought to connect to New Orleans in the same way Lorraine Hansberry masterfully connected the Younger family experience to Chicago. They set out in their neighborhood under the leadership of photographer and teaching artist Maiwenn Raoult to uncover corners and hidden gems while capturing the essence of their New Orleans in an authentic way. Inspired by their photographs, they then wrote courageous testimonials, poetic narratives, and fictitious tales--all centered in the streets of the 9th ward.

The Pizza Poetry Anthology 2015 includes over 50 of the best poems submitted to Big Class's Second Annual Pizza Poetry Project, along with photographs and behind-the-scenes interviews with many of the wonderful people behind the Pizza Poetry Project.

The Pizza Poetry Anthology 2015 includes over 50 of the best poems submitted to Big Class's Second Annual Pizza Poetry Project, along with photographs and behind-the-scenes interviews with many of the wonderful people behind the Pizza Poetry Project.

Inside this book is a stellar selection of Pizza Poems from 2016, plus photographs, quotes, and writing prompts that highlight the wonderful people behind The Pizza Poetry Project. The Big Class Youth Advisory Council chose 19 standout poems out of over 515 entries to become the Pizza Poet Laureates. The Pizza Poetry Project celebrates National Poetry Month and encourages youth voices by publishing poems by New Orleans' young writers on pizza boxes.  

Inside this book is a stellar selection of Pizza Poems from 2016, plus photographs, quotes, and writing prompts that highlight the wonderful people behind The Pizza Poetry Project. The Big Class Youth Advisory Council chose 19 standout poems out of over 515 entries to become the Pizza Poet Laureates. The Pizza Poetry Project celebrates National Poetry Month and encourages youth voices by publishing poems by New Orleans' young writers on pizza boxes.  

The encyclopedia of eats was created during a 2014 Big Class Workshop at the New Orleans Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Students present an ode to their favorite and most nostalgic foods of New Orleans. From tantalizingly tasty sweet treats to humble everyday dishes, there's something for everyone in this special encyclopedia.

The encyclopedia of eats was created during a 2014 Big Class Workshop at the New Orleans Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Students present an ode to their favorite and most nostalgic foods of New Orleans. From tantalizingly tasty sweet treats to humble everyday dishes, there's something for everyone in this special encyclopedia.

In this resolute volume of poems, students from the Big Class Youth Advisory Council - named SYZYGY by members - offer their experiences as youth in New Orleans. A long letter to the city, this book isn't lacking in boldness and truth.

In this resolute volume of poems, students from the Big Class Youth Advisory Council - named SYZYGY by members - offer their experiences as youth in New Orleans. A long letter to the city, this book isn't lacking in boldness and truth.

This books is a collection of adventure stories written by the fourth grade students at Samuel J. Green Charter School, who learned adventure stories as a tool to master the art of storytelling. Delve into the minds of curious and daring students with random portals, mysterious purple mist, and wacky camping trips.

This books is a collection of adventure stories written by the fourth grade students at Samuel J. Green Charter School, who learned adventure stories as a tool to master the art of storytelling. Delve into the minds of curious and daring students with random portals, mysterious purple mist, and wacky camping trips.

In Spring 2016, 3rd Grade Writers at Phyllis Wheatley Community School worked with Big Class to create stories starring the wildest wolves of their imaginations. They learned about real wolves in the wild, their traits and tendencies, what they liked to eat and how they worked together. Over several drafts, they crafted realistic wolf tales with compelling characters and exciting storylines. Interested in a howling good time? 

In Spring 2016, 3rd Grade Writers at Phyllis Wheatley Community School worked with Big Class to create stories starring the wildest wolves of their imaginations. They learned about real wolves in the wild, their traits and tendencies, what they liked to eat and how they worked together. Over several drafts, they crafted realistic wolf tales with compelling characters and exciting storylines. Interested in a howling good time? 

La Florida is a world created by the 3rd grade at Ben Franklin Elementary. These exciting stories take place in a land that formed a thousand years in the future when Louisiana became attached to Florida's peninsula, and tell the tales of robots, gerbils, an a powerful royal family. We hope you enjoy your journey to La Florida.  

La Florida is a world created by the 3rd grade at Ben Franklin Elementary. These exciting stories take place in a land that formed a thousand years in the future when Louisiana became attached to Florida's peninsula, and tell the tales of robots, gerbils, an a powerful royal family. We hope you enjoy your journey to La Florida.

 

A horse becomes a unicorn, a baboon's butt turns bright red, a lemon-fish gracefully overcomes her bad hairday--these are just a few of the amazing transformations depicted in this collection of animal origin stories by the 4th grade at Samuel J. Green Charter School. Read these surprising tales of tails, and descriptions of the great feat of growing feet, and ponder the formation of the animals around you.

A horse becomes a unicorn, a baboon's butt turns bright red, a lemon-fish gracefully overcomes her bad hairday--these are just a few of the amazing transformations depicted in this collection of animal origin stories by the 4th grade at Samuel J. Green Charter School. Read these surprising tales of tails, and descriptions of the great feat of growing feet, and ponder the formation of the animals around you.

In The Undrawable Stories Challenge 2: Undrawable Fauna fourteen fearless young writers from all over New Orleans dreamed up never before seen creatures and then challenged artists of all ages to bring them to life at Press Street's 9th Annual 24-Hour Draw-A-Thon.  

In The Undrawable Stories Challenge 2: Undrawable Fauna fourteen fearless young writers from all over New Orleans dreamed up never before seen creatures and then challenged artists of all ages to bring them to life at Press Street's 9th Annual 24-Hour Draw-A-Thon.

 

 
Beginning in December 2013, the 50 talented storytellers in ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy's 3rd- grade, under the guidance of teacher Maureen Nicol, wrote imaginative fairy tales and folk tales. These tales range in tone from hilarious to terrifying, telling of the redemption of princesses and the downfall of zombies. Can Your Shoes Do Magic? collects these stories with illustrations by the students, created in collaboration with artist and book designer Ashley Teamer.

Beginning in December 2013, the 50 talented storytellers in ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy's 3rd- grade, under the guidance of teacher Maureen Nicol, wrote imaginative fairy tales and folk tales.

These tales range in tone from hilarious to terrifying, telling of the redemption of princesses and the downfall of zombies. Can Your Shoes Do Magic? collects these stories with illustrations by the students, created in collaboration with artist and book designer Ashley Teamer.

Letters to the World was compiled from two Big Class workshops held at New Orleans Algiers Regional Branch and Latter Branch Libraries in August of 2014. Young writers used their five senses to describe and illustrate unique letters to everything from seemingly ordinary objects to the whole world wide.  

Letters to the World was compiled from two Big Class workshops held at New Orleans Algiers Regional Branch and Latter Branch Libraries in August of 2014. Young writers used their five senses to describe and illustrate unique letters to everything from seemingly ordinary objects to the whole world wide.

 

And Nothing Else Bad Happened is a collaboration between 2nd grade writers from ARISE Academy and illustrators from all over. In December 2012, ARISE 2nd graders were asked by their teachers to write fairy tales. They read several classics for inspiration and focused their writing on these key elements: good and evil characters, a vivid setting, an interesting problem, a convincing solution and, of course, magic. After the stories were created through a workshop process, they were sent to artists from all over. Their assignment was to create illustrations that presented the problem in color but left the solution to be colored in by readers. The stories and illustrations are included in these pages. Have your imagination and a box of crayons ready.  

And Nothing Else Bad Happened is a collaboration between 2nd grade writers from ARISE Academy and illustrators from all over. In December 2012, ARISE 2nd graders were asked by their teachers to write fairy tales. They read several classics for inspiration and focused their writing on these key elements: good and evil characters, a vivid setting, an interesting problem, a convincing solution and, of course, magic. After the stories were created through a workshop process, they were sent to artists from all over. Their assignment was to create illustrations that presented the problem in color but left the solution to be colored in by readers. The stories and illustrations are included in these pages. Have your imagination and a box of crayons ready.
 

Zombie Tales: New Orleans Edition will show you how to escape Lemonade Stand Zombies on Elysian Fields with only your bike and a ring sword.  Learn how to defend against teachers who eat brains and how to coax a baby Zombie to sleep.  This book of tales showcases Sylvanie Williams 4th grade writers. These Zombie experts share New Orleans tricks through their Zombie Apocalypse stories. Ban together with neighbors, be sure to read.  Also, remember to keep LeBron James on call, stock up on toxic gas rockets and always question adults who sell candy.

Zombie Tales: New Orleans Edition will show you how to escape Lemonade Stand Zombies on Elysian Fields with only your bike and a ring sword.  Learn how to defend against teachers who eat brains and how to coax a baby Zombie to sleep.  This book of tales showcases Sylvanie Williams 4th grade writers. These Zombie experts share New Orleans tricks through their Zombie Apocalypse stories. Ban together with neighbors, be sure to read.  Also, remember to keep LeBron James on call, stock up on toxic gas rockets and always question adults who sell candy.

The 2nd grade Big Classmates at Akili Academy are blasting off to outer space! In a tremendous turn of events, the animals, who are no longer able to find shelter and food on planet earth, have begun a search for a new home among the Milky Way planets. Alien encounters are present and nigh! Read about the adventures of these animals in space.    

The 2nd grade Big Classmates at Akili Academy are blasting off to outer space! In a tremendous turn of events, the animals, who are no longer able to find shelter and food on planet earth, have begun a search for a new home among the Milky Way planets. Alien encounters are present and nigh! Read about the adventures of these animals in space.

 



 

The Way You Say It: Jazz Explorations From The Big Class Workshop is a gorgeous collection of poetry and visual art created in a Big Class workshop that explored the elements of jazz and how they can be applied to different art forms.  Designed by Nancy Bernardo.  

The Way You Say It: Jazz Explorations From The Big Class Workshop is a gorgeous collection of poetry and visual art created in a Big Class workshop that explored the elements of jazz and how they can be applied to different art forms.  Designed by Nancy Bernardo.

 

 
In The Undrawable Stories Challenge, 20 young writers from all over New Orleans have created stories about hairy donuts, dreaming chickens, magic watermelons, and sarcastic snowmen. When the stories appeared at Press Street's 8th Annual Draw-a-thon, brave pencil-wielders agonized over how to visually present the stories. The stories and the (attempts at) illustrations are featured in between these pages. We dare you to try to illustrate one yourself.  

In The Undrawable Stories Challenge, 20 young writers from all over New Orleans have created stories about hairy donuts, dreaming chickens, magic watermelons, and sarcastic snowmen. When the stories appeared at Press Street's 8th Annual Draw-a-thon, brave pencil-wielders agonized over how to visually present the stories. The stories and the (attempts at) illustrations are featured in between these pages. We dare you to try to illustrate one yourself.

 

Sixteen 3rd-graders at Batiste Cultural Academy in New Orleans wanted to make a book about their lives in New Orleans, and began by writing personal narratives. These pieces were given to local artists to illustrate. In the meantime, the students received a crash course on point-of-view photography from a local photographer, and brought disposable cameras back to their neighborhoods to capture on film some of elements of the experiences they wrote about. When their film was developed, they discussed their pictures and the ideas surrounding them with adults. All these elements- the personal narratives, illustrations, photographs, and transcriptions from their conversations- are collected in Big Class No. 3: The 504.  

Sixteen 3rd-graders at Batiste Cultural Academy in New Orleans wanted to make a book about their lives in New Orleans, and began by writing personal narratives. These pieces were given to local artists to illustrate. In the meantime, the students received a crash course on point-of-view photography from a local photographer, and brought disposable cameras back to their neighborhoods to capture on film some of elements of the experiences they wrote about. When their film was developed, they discussed their pictures and the ideas surrounding them with adults. All these elements- the personal narratives, illustrations, photographs, and transcriptions from their conversations- are collected in Big Class No. 3: The 504.

 

Do you like apples, cookies, and chips? Do you appreciate the opinions of young gourmands? Well, you will love this book written by the first grade foodies of Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep. These "epicurious" tots have partnered persuasive writing with taste tests, and the result is this delightful collection of food reviews.

Do you like apples, cookies, and chips? Do you appreciate the opinions of young gourmands? Well, you will love this book written by the first grade foodies of Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep. These "epicurious" tots have partnered persuasive writing with taste tests, and the result is this delightful collection of food reviews.

 
Shark Falls is a world created by the 3rd Grade and Ben Franklin Elementary. This collection contains exciting stories that take place on a volcanic island off the coast of Hawaii, where waterfalls dot the landscape and a dense, urban population lives in steel buildings adored with murals of the island's chosen son, Barack Obama. We hope you enjoy your journey to Shark Falls.

Shark Falls is a world created by the 3rd Grade and Ben Franklin Elementary. This collection contains exciting stories that take place on a volcanic island off the coast of Hawaii, where waterfalls dot the landscape and a dense, urban population lives in steel buildings adored with murals of the island's chosen son, Barack Obama. We hope you enjoy your journey to Shark Falls.

Lo Inolvidable / The Unforgettable is a collection of comics and stories inspired by real-life superheroes written in English and in Spanish by students at Grace King High School.

Lo Inolvidable / The Unforgettable is a collection of comics and stories inspired by real-life superheroes written in English and in Spanish by students at Grace King High School.

 
Students from all around New Orleans gathered for a Big Class workshop at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art to engage with the Basquiat and the Bayou exhibition. Students learned about how Jean-Michel Basquiat wove personal and collective histories into his paintings. The students used Basquiat's unique approach as inspiration to tell stories and develop iconography that they presented in their own collages and paintings.  

Students from all around New Orleans gathered for a Big Class workshop at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art to engage with the Basquiat and the Bayou exhibition. Students learned about how Jean-Michel Basquiat wove personal and collective histories into his paintings. The students used Basquiat's unique approach as inspiration to tell stories and develop iconography that they presented in their own collages and paintings.

 

The 2nd grade F.B.I (Food and Beverage Investigators) at Akili Academy investigate monsters rumored to be haunting the cafeteria.

The 2nd grade F.B.I (Food and Beverage Investigators) at Akili Academy investigate monsters rumored to be haunting the cafeteria.

 
The West Bank is the term used to describe communities located on the western bank of the Mississippi River across from New Orleans. Young writers at Estelle Elementary and Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts in Marrero often refer to it as the “Best Bank.” Read their fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and essays to find out why.  

The West Bank is the term used to describe communities located on the western bank of the Mississippi River across from New Orleans.

Young writers at Estelle Elementary and Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts in Marrero often refer to it as the “Best Bank.” Read their fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and essays to find out why.

 

To Pen Is to Pal is a collection of notes on letter writing as composed by the Akili Academy Stamp Champs!, a group of students in New Orleans who like to write and send letters to people all over the country. This book helps writers of all ages engage in the act of sending mail to those you love or who interest you. The Stamp Champs! believe letter-writing can bring people together. The book comes with original post cards by the young letter writers.

To Pen Is to Pal is a collection of notes on letter writing as composed by the Akili Academy Stamp Champs!, a group of students in New Orleans who like to write and send letters to people all over the country. This book helps writers of all ages engage in the act of sending mail to those you love or who interest you. The Stamp Champs! believe letter-writing can bring people together. The book comes with original post cards by the young letter writers.

 
In April and May of 2014, the 4th grade writers at Sylvanie Williams College Prep crafted these zombie tales and the haunted real estate ads and voodoo potions for The Times Spookayune, with help from Big Class volunteers.

In April and May of 2014, the 4th grade writers at Sylvanie Williams College Prep crafted these zombie tales and the haunted real estate ads and voodoo potions for The Times Spookayune, with help from Big Class volunteers.

 
Bonjour! Comment t'allez vous? The 3rd and 4th grade Big Classmates at Akili Academy request the pleasure of your company as we take on Paris! We decided we needed to get away, to take a vacation from the wilderness to relax under that skeletal shade of the Eiffel Tower, to see Big Freedia perform underground on the metro, and to eat croissants on the edge of the Seine. Read about the adventures of our animals stuck in Paris.

Bonjour! Comment t'allez vous? The 3rd and 4th grade Big Classmates at Akili Academy request the pleasure of your company as we take on Paris! We decided we needed to get away, to take a vacation from the wilderness to relax under that skeletal shade of the Eiffel Tower, to see Big Freedia perform underground on the metro, and to eat croissants on the edge of the Seine. Read about the adventures of our animals stuck in Paris.

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The Newspaper! is Big Class's occasional non-fiction newspaper.  The Riverside Port-Reveler is Big Class's occasional potentially fiction newspaper.  Both publications are designed by Heather Muntzer, with a limited edition of Revelers  printed on a Risograph by Constance.

The Newspaper! is Big Class's occasional non-fiction newspaper.  The Riverside Port-Reveler is Big Class's occasional potentially fiction newspaper.  Both publications are designed by Heather Muntzer, with a limited edition of Revelers  printed on a Risograph by Constance.

Circles of Mystery: Hidden Treasures of New Orleans is the result of Unfathomable Map- Making, a workshop that took place at The Big Class Studio at 3718 St. Claude Ave. from December 2-4 of 2013. Inspired by the book Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas co-authored by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker, four young authors worked with Rebecca Snedeker to map and write essays about their own personal sites of treasure in New Orleans.  

Circles of Mystery: Hidden Treasures of New Orleans is the result of Unfathomable Map- Making, a workshop that took place at The Big Class Studio at 3718 St. Claude Ave. from December 2-4 of 2013. Inspired by the book Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas co-authored by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker, four young authors worked with Rebecca Snedeker to map and write essays about their own personal sites of treasure in New Orleans.

 

The authors of Big Class No. 1: The Animals decided to follow up their success with not one but five books, collectively known as Big Class No. 2. They chose the following themes: sports, robots, superheroes, food, and princesses, and commenced their writing workshop. Their work this time was even more vivid and expressive than their first book, the students driven by the knowledge that their work would be a means for outside engagement. The 43 stories were illustrated in "colorable" form (a response to the students desire to interact more with the first book) by 43 artists . The five books come in a box, with a set of crayons and a bonus book of activities inspired by the stories.

The authors of Big Class No. 1: The Animals decided to follow up their success with not one but five books, collectively known as Big Class No. 2. They chose the following themes: sports, robots, superheroes, food, and princesses, and commenced their writing workshop. Their work this time was even more vivid and expressive than their first book, the students driven by the knowledge that their work would be a means for outside engagement. The 43 stories were illustrated in "colorable" form (a response to the students desire to interact more with the first book) by 43 artists . The five books come in a box, with a set of crayons and a bonus book of activities inspired by the stories.

In The Undrawable Stories Challenge, nine young writers from all over New Orleans have created stories about walking phones, crazy emperors, and eyeball people. When the stories appeared at Press Street's 10th Annual Draw-a-thon, brave pencil-wielders agonized over how to visually present the stories. The stories and the (attempts at) illustrations are featured in the book. We dare you to illustrate one yourself!

In The Undrawable Stories Challenge, nine young writers from all over New Orleans have created stories about walking phones, crazy emperors, and eyeball people. When the stories appeared at Press Street's 10th Annual Draw-a-thon, brave pencil-wielders agonized over how to visually present the stories. The stories and the (attempts at) illustrations are featured in the book. We dare you to illustrate one yourself!

Rich Florida is a world created by the 3rd grade at Ben Franklin Elementary. This collection of stories take place on an island off the coast of Florida where the only water safe to drink glows in the dark and the clay beaches shrink at 5 pm every day. We hope you enjoy your journey to Rich Florida.  

Rich Florida is a world created by the 3rd grade at Ben Franklin Elementary. This collection of stories take place on an island off the coast of Florida where the only water safe to drink glows in the dark and the clay beaches shrink at 5 pm every day. We hope you enjoy your journey to Rich Florida.

 

In A New Planet in Space, 3rd and 4th graders at Akili Academy invented mythical planets and wrote stories that took place on them. After the stories were complete, the class teamed up with local artists to create a unique illustration for each story.

In A New Planet in Space, 3rd and 4th graders at Akili Academy invented mythical planets and wrote stories that took place on them. After the stories were complete, the class teamed up with local artists to create a unique illustration for each story.

 
In Letters to America by ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, the 3rd grade researched topics such as teens in jail, immigration, and the environment and wrote letters to a wider audience that projected their voice. In collaboration with KID smART they created art to accompany their letters, and then worked with the New Orleans Video Access Center to create a movie of their letters.  

In Letters to America by ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, the 3rd grade researched topics such as teens in jail, immigration, and the environment and wrote letters to a wider audience that projected their voice. In collaboration with KID smART they created art to accompany their letters, and then worked with the New Orleans Video Access Center to create a movie of their letters.

 

Our Poets' Eyes: Poetry of the Everyday by Sylvanie Williams College Prep Elementary 2nd Grade

Our Poets' Eyes: Poetry of the Everyday by Sylvanie Williams College Prep Elementary 2nd Grade

 
The West Bank is the term used to describe communities located on the western bank of the Mississippi River across from New Orleans. Young writers at Estelle Elementary and Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts in Marrero often refer to it as the “Best Bank.” Read their fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and essays to find out why.  

The West Bank is the term used to describe communities located on the western bank of the Mississippi River across from New Orleans.

Young writers at Estelle Elementary and Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts in Marrero often refer to it as the “Best Bank.” Read their fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and essays to find out why.

 

Welcome to Automatown, a made-up place, for which we invent stories and fashion machines. It's our place. We explore the idea of robots and how we can make our lives better. Then we write stories about them, so others can learn about our future community.It's like we say in our letter: "Automatown is awesome because, here, you get to do anything you want." Automatown was an after-school project at Akili Academy. Students created stories that took place in Automatown, and published them in a booklet that comes with a DVD of them reading their stories. You can see that video here.

Welcome to Automatown, a made-up place, for which we invent stories and fashion machines. It's our place. We explore the idea of robots and how we can make our lives better. Then we write stories about them, so others can learn about our future community.It's like we say in our letter: "Automatown is awesome because, here, you get to do anything you want."

Automatown was an after-school project at Akili Academy. Students created stories that took place in Automatown, and published them in a booklet that comes with a DVD of them reading their stories. You can see that video here.

 
Everyone knows the French Quarter has beignets and brass bands. But there's more to the historic neighborhood than that. According the fourth graders at KIPP McDonogh 15, who go to school in the heart of the French Quarter, the oldest part of New Orleans is home to aliens, magic spells, and even zombies. For them, every trip to and from school is an adventure.  

Everyone knows the French Quarter has beignets and brass bands. But there's more to the historic neighborhood than that. According the fourth graders at KIPP McDonogh 15, who go to school in the heart of the French Quarter, the oldest part of New Orleans is home to aliens, magic spells, and even zombies. For them, every trip to and from school is an adventure.

 

 
Juicy Juicy Juicy collects writing about food and eating in New Orleans by young writers.  Comes in your choice of color!  

Juicy Juicy Juicy collects writing about food and eating in New Orleans by young writers.  Comes in your choice of color!
 

 
The Journal of The International Society of Monster Experts Volume 38, Issue 1, New Orleans Edition was researched, written, and illustrated by New Orleans writers ages 7-11 in the Big Class studio at 3718 St. Claude avenue during Monster Lab, a Big Class workshop, October 28-30, 2013.  

The Journal of The International Society of Monster Experts Volume 38, Issue 1, New Orleans Edition was researched, written, and illustrated by New Orleans writers ages 7-11 in the Big Class studio at 3718 St. Claude avenue during Monster Lab, a Big Class workshop, October 28-30, 2013.

 

Big Class No. 4: Fantastical Dirt Bikes comes from third-grade writers in the Big Class after school program at Akili Academy in Gentilly. Third- graders decided they wanted to create a collection of fantastical stories and poems featuring dirt bikes. They wrote stories and workshopped them as a group. They also created prints for their stories with a local printmaker, who also helped them design the book.  

Big Class No. 4: Fantastical Dirt Bikes comes from third-grade writers in the Big Class after school program at Akili Academy in Gentilly. Third- graders decided they wanted to create a collection of fantastical stories and poems featuring dirt bikes. They wrote stories and workshopped them as a group. They also created prints for their stories with a local printmaker, who also helped them design the book.


 

The first Big Class book had a theme chosen by its 6 and 7-year-old authors; animals doing things they would not normally do. The young writers wrote five-sentence stories which were sent to 35 artists from all over the place to be illustrated. The book was beautifully laid out and designed, then published and sold in stores. A release event was held at the local library in which the students read their stories and signed copies of their book for 150 fans (aka family members). The book, Big Class No. 1: The Animals, sold out its initial 250 copy run at independent bookstores in New Orleans.

The first Big Class book had a theme chosen by its 6 and 7-year-old authors; animals doing things they would not normally do. The young writers wrote five-sentence stories which were sent to 35 artists from all over the place to be illustrated. The book was beautifully laid out and designed, then published and sold in stores. A release event was held at the local library in which the students read their stories and signed copies of their book for 150 fans (aka family members). The book, Big Class No. 1: The Animals, sold out its initial 250 copy run at independent bookstores in New Orleans.