Authors encourage young writers
Monday, 18 February 2013 by Grayson Edds
The cafeteria at Pirtle elementary was filled with sounds of laughter and the sight of hands held high in the air to volunteer as children's book author Dave Sargent told the students how he became an author.
Sargent, a life-long farmer, and his wife Pat are from Prairie Grove, Ark., both took up writing as a hobby.
"I've been farming and growing groceries for Wal-Mart for the last 12 years," Sargent said. "This is a love. Going to schools is something that I love more than anything I've ever done. And to my wife, she's a retired teacher, she loves being in and around schools."
Both he and his wife have authored books separately as well as together. Most of their books are centered around animals of all kinds, and span across a variety of reading levels.
After the presentation, students and teachers were able to buy books and have them autographed by the authors.
"We've probably been to 7,000 schools all over the United States," Sargent said. "We used to keep track of it, and the last count I had was somewhere around 6,400. We enjoy it more than the kids do."
Some of their book series include: Saddle Up, stories about horses, Animal Pride, a series about a variety of animals, Feather Tales, stories about birds, and Learn To Read, books containing sight words.