Utah’s children’s book author visits Gunnison Elementary

Children’s book author Gary Hogg is visiting with students and parents at Gunnison Valley Elementary this week.


Utah’s children’s book author

visits Gunnison Elementary


By Linda Petersen

Staff writer

Jan. 18, 2018


GUNNISON—Students at Gunnison Valley Elementary are getting some hands-on help this week in their writing from children’s book author Gary Hogg.

Hogg, who lives in Huntsville, Utah, is the author of 26 books including “Look What the Cat Dragged In!” “Sir William the Worm,” “Spencer’s Adventures – The Great Toilet Paper Caper,” and “Charlie Bacon – Help! My Dad is the Lunch Lady.”

He has visited more than 3,700 schools, presented more than 5,000 assemblies and conducted over 18,000 writing workshops.

Yesterday, Hogg spent the day at the school, taking 45 minutes with each grade kindergarten through fifth in grade-level writing workshops. He capped the day off with a schoolwide assembly.

After school, he conducted a writing workshop for the school’s teachers to help them improve their writing instruction.

Tonight at 6 p.m. at the school for Family Literacy Night, Hogg will share stories and insights with parents and students in an entertaining, humorous presentation on reading and writing.

Hogg’s visit is being funded by the school’s Parent Involvement Committee.

Principal Arlene Jensen said she and her faculty identified writing development as an area they wanted to focus on this year.

“Gary Hogg is a phenomenal presenter, and he’s very reasonably priced. We are lucky to be able to have him visit our school,” she said.

Jensen said the purpose of Family Literacy Night is to encourage reading and writing among local families and to let parents see the work done in the school to support that.

The school will sponsor a Reader’s Night in March.