Salazar Elementary School students enjoyed having some children's book authors visit their campus during the month of March.

Judy Blackwell, the school's librarian, arranged for authors Carol Wallace and Shirley Smith Duke to come on two separate occasions to share their books with the students.

With nearly $300,000 in funds provided by the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries grant that the Robstown Independent School District's librarians were awarded in September, Blackwell said she felt that attracting authors to the campus would "help promote the importance of reading."

Wallace has written children's books such as "Turkeys Together," "Santa Secret," and "One Nosy Pup." She has also co-authored books with her husband, Bill. As part of her presentation, Wallace had a slide show for the students, read some of her books to the groups, and explained to the students that many of her ideas for her books originated from her childhood experiences.

Duke had a presentation for the kindergarten students, which involved an interactive presentation of her book "No Bows," and the students took part in predicting what was on the next page while she read to them.

Gifted and Talented teacher for Salazar Elementary, Norma Longoria, said the authors' visits to the school were beneficial to the students.

"To have two well-known children's authors visit the campus was a great learning experience," Longoria said.