Age 11, Massachusetts
Favorite Subject: Science
Book: the Animal Art series
Music: rock, punk, oldies, and musicals
Extracurricular Activities: soccer, basketball, and volunteering at the local animal shelter
Hobbies: playing the drums
Annie hopes to become a veterinarian one day. She loves science.
She likes hanging out with her friends and practicing her drums. She also loves playing with her two dogs.
Annie has one younger sister.
Check out Annie's articles:
Singer/actor Jesse McCartney talks to Annie about life on the road.
Cynthia Breazeal talks to Annie about women and technology.
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Tot and Max win Russia's 12th consecutive gold in pairs figure skating.
Amherst, Massachussetts: A Book Lover's Paradise
By Annie Vernick
Scholastic Kids Press Corps
Anyone who loves books will love Amherst, Massachusetts. Many famous writers, including Noah Webster, author of the first American dictionary, lived here.
You can visit poet Robert Frost's house downtown, take a tour of poet Emily Dickinson's homestead, and learn about these writers' lives. Did you know that Emily Dickinson wore only white, or that Noah Webster kept nuts and raisins in his pockets to give to children?
Many writers and illustrators live in Amherst today, and they often give special performances of their work. For example, last summer, children's author Jane Yolen read from her The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories while the Amherst Ballet Company acted out the tales. Each yeah, Pippi Longstocking artist Michael Chesworth invites local classrooms to help him illustrate a story.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst is the first U.S. museum devoted to picture books. Visitors can view the original artwork for well-known children's books, take workshops, and meet popular authors and illustrators. Author Eric Carle himself (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) spoke there in September, and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles) visited in December 2005.
The National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst houses thousands of Yiddish books that volunteers have rescued after they were discarded. These books are helping to keep the 1,000-year old Yiddish language and culture alive. The Center is also digitizing the books and translating them into English.
When it comes to literature, Amherst stands out even in a state that's renowned for its great authors and illustrators (Louisa May Alcott, Dr. Seuss, and Lois Lowry, to name a few). Plus, it's a beautiful town nestled in the Connecticut River Valley. As Emily Dickinson wrote, "We are by September and yet my flowers are bold as June. Amherst has gone to Eden."