No rural English garden is complete without a garden path. The stone walkway leading to Gipsy House, the home of the late Roald Dahl, was laid by the author himself. He was assisted in his efforts by a gentle giant of a local builder, Wally Saunders, who provided the inspiration for one of Dahl's most popular novels, The BFG.
What motivates upper elementary and middle school kids? I asked my ten-year old son what would inspire him to read. He told me biographies! I see my students reading the "Who was..." and "Who is..." series all the time. Why not have close reads for the classroom of famous children's book authors?