Author James Howe inspires young writers at the Tisbury School

James Howe reads from his book "The Misfits." Photo Courtesy of Whitney Burke

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, children’s writer James Howe, best known for his Bunnicula series, met with students in the Tisbury School library. He spoke about the writing process and educated third graders, many of whom had already read his famed “Bunnicula” (the story of a vampire rabbit that sucks the juice out of vegetables), on how he got the ideas for his books. Third grader Finn Martone said “Thank you, James Howe. You inspired me to write my own story.”

Mr. Howe also met with the school’s sixth graders, asking the students, “Why does writing matter?” and “Where does writing start?” According to Whitney Burke, media specialist and librarian at Tisbury School, an engaging discussion about inspirations for writing ensued. Mr. Howe also read from his book, “The Misfits,” which tells the story of a group of outcasts in a middle school. The book’s theme of bullying fit in with Unity Day, which the school recognized on Wednesday.