For a writer who is usually chained to her desk, I got out and about a lot this week. March 7th was WRAD–World Read Aloud Day, so it was cool to be a part of that! I thought I’d share some of the pictures and highlight moments while it’s all still fresh in my mind.
MONDAY: I went to Lincoln Elementary and faced the bright eyes of about 40 kindergarteners during two different classes.
HIGHLIGHTS: * Lots of hugs. * The teacher, Miss Palson, emailing that after we left the kids sat down and WROTE. * Sharing the stage with author Tom Leveen who is one very cool dude.
TUESDAY: A day of firsts: I did my first class SKYPE, for my first class of ELEVENTH graders at Silver Creek HS in Indiana. Oh, and add another first to that, because I read from a new manuscript for the first time. Right now, I’m calling the book Swimmer Girl because I don’t have a good title for it. It was really cool to test the waters with it. No picture this time.
HIGHLIGHTS: *A chance to see Mr. Paul Hankins and his infamous Room 407 * Fuzzy computer screens that eliminated about a decade’s worth of my wrinkles. * Surviving some firsts
THURSDAY: This was an author visit–but I wasn’t the author of the moment! At this event, I was lucky to snag an invite: It was a celebratory dinner for Jack Gantos who just won the Newbery.
HIGHLIGHTS: *Meeting a group of wonderful authors, illustrators, teachers and librarians. * Being asked by amazing hostess Mary Wong to sign her wall.
FRIDAY: Career Day at Centennial Middle School and guess who was there to talk to the eighth graders about writing?
And the week is not over yet. Tomorrow it’s off to Tucson for the Tucson Festival of Books where I’ll talk about my experience as a debut author. All in all, an exhausting but wonderful week. Hope yours was great, too!
(And, if you’re a librarian or a teacher and you love author visits–drop me a line. Maybe I can be highlighting a visit with you!)