Southside Elementary students, speaks with British author Kevin Crookes on new book


British Author Kevin Crookes sends a hand-shaped heart to students at Southside Elementary School during a video conference on Thursday (Dec. 16). The students asked the popular children’s book author about how he uses poetry to tell his stories.

DENHAM SPRINGS, La (BRPROUD)- Livingston Parish School System, students at Southside Elementry School spoke virtually with British author Kevin Crookes today—to discuss his books and how he uses poetry to tell his stories.

Crookes also offered the students an opportunity to work with him on a new book in which they would illustrate and draw. He plans to review their illustrations and drawings to be added to the appropriate pages for his alphabet animal poems book, according to the release.

“This exercise gives our students an opportunity to engage with a professional writer and to engage in what they are learning through the book itself – a discussion with the author makes the pages come alive,” said Candace Shaidaee, instructional coach at Southside Elementary School, who set up the virtual session. “Any time we can raise a student’s interest level, then we improve their learning capacity.”

His latest book, “Snoff the Sloth,” which tells the story of a furry, cuddly sloth that lives high up in the trees of the rain forests of Central America. In the story, the sloth—ventures from his homeland on a dangerous journey to discover what is making a strange sound. The book helps young children better understand facts about sloths in their natural habitat.

Crookes is a noted children’s poet and book author from Southampton in the United Kingdom. He has published five books and is currently working on a new children’s poetry animal alphabet book. His books are available for purchase on Amazon and students can also follow his writing ventures on his website at

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