Author reads to students at SES

Local author Carol Franks-Randall reads to students at Sudlersville Elementary from one of her own books Monday, March 25.

SUDLERSVILLE — Local author Carol Franks-Randall visited Sudlersville Elementary School on Monday, March 25. She spent the entire day at the school reading her second book, “Playground Heroes,” to students in grades 1-4. After the grade level readings concluded, the students engaged in writing and 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.

Since the book is about standing up to bullies, the students engaged in healthy discussions about how to combat bullying. Many students expressed the opinion that they wanted to be buddies not bullies.

Sudlersville Elementary Principal Thomas Walls said, “Once again our students had the opportunity to not only meet but to have one-on-one conversations with a real-life author. Dr. Franks-Randall has a real knack for bringing out the best in our students when it comes to reading. Just as important, her messages within her books and discussions with our students allow them to learn life-long lessons.”

“Our students and staff were thrilled to host Dr. Carol Franks- Randall as a guest author to share her latest book, Playground Heroes,” said Van Aken. “After engaging the students in an interactive read aloud of her book, Dr. Franks-Randall engaged the students in a group discussion about the importance of standing up to bullies and being a hero, whether it’s on the playground or in the classroom. The students truly enjoyed the book’s carefully crafted sentences as well as its insightful illustrations. We are eagerly awaiting her next picture book and look forward to her next visit at Sudlersville Elementary School.”

Franks-Randall, a retired educator from New York, has lived in Centreville for 10 years. You can reach her by visiting her website at

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