Answer: FIC DAD
This series is a perfect fit with elementary school kids. Readers from grades 2 and up LOVE these stories. It is one of those book series that make kids want to read every single title. I love series books because series readers become life long readers.
Adam Benson of the La Junta Tribune-Democrat describes a author visit at La Junta Intermediate School. Dadey describes how she began writing her series.
Every day for a year and a half, Dadey - then a teacher in Kentucky - and [Marcia] Thorton would draft stories at a lunch table before finding success with "Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots," the first of what would be some 50 books in "The School Kids" series.
"I was so excited when I got a call from an editor in New York City telling us they wanted to publish our story that I danced on the table top of my library," Dadey said.
That book went on to sell more than 250,000 copies and kicked off Dadey's new career as a writer.
In addition to visiting with the students she gave them advice on writing.
"It's a lot harder than you think it is" to write children's books, Dadey said.
Dadey also encouraged the students to read their stories aloud to get a better feel for flow and structure.
"It's a simple trick that's guaranteed to make your story better," she said.
Planning is also a key ingredient, the author says.
"When I write a story, I actually do plan it out. I outline every chapter before I start writing," she said.