Author visits Sudlersville Elementary

Centreville author, Carol Randall-Franks book Playground Heroes, published June 2018. Randall-Franks read from her books to students at Sudlersville Elementary on June 7.

SUDLERSVILLE — Local author Carol Franks-Randall visited Sudlersville Elementary School on Thursday, June 7. Franks-Randall, author of the children’s book “Jamal and Me,” published in 2017, and “Playground Heroes,” published in June 2018, spent the entire day at the school reading “Jamal and Me” to students in grades K-4, and engaging the students in grade level writing/art activities.

The program was coordinated by Pamela Renfrow, library/media specialist, and Rebecca Van Aken, reading specialist, and took place in the school’s library/media center.

In addition to reading aloud, writing and creating posters, Franks-Randall also talked to the students about the process of writing a children’s book. She explained how it takes many drafts to complete a finished product. She encouraged the students to take their creative writing seriously and not be afraid to continue to make their work the best it can be.

“What a valuable experience for students to be able to put a face to an author’s name,” said Renfrow. “The students were captivated by Dr. Carol Franks-Randall’s reading of her first published book, ‘Jamal and Me.’ Her visit was educational and inspiring for all 300 kindergarten through fourth-grade students at Sudlersville Elementary School.”

Sudlersville Elementary Principal Thomas Walls said, “Dr. Franks-Randall visited Sudlersville Elementary to encourage our students to use their creative minds to write and not only has she encouraged but she has empowered them to think and write creatively.”

Franks-Randall, a retired educator from New York has lived in Centreville for nine years. She can be reached through her website at

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