As you eat ice cream, race in your Field Games, plan your summer reading, I'm remembering what fun it was to hear your questions, your suggestions, your brilliant ideas for sequels.
Here are a few of my own memories from my final spring school visits. Thanks for having me!
A morning with the fifth graders at Kent Place School, Summit NJ, where I was a librarian for ten years.
I shared my inspiration, Ruby Bridge's speech to faculty and students there. And I signed a lot of books!
While in New Jersey, I also visited the awesome After School Book Group at the Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Jackson Township. What great kids!
They presented me with my own little Junk Poker box! Filled with all sorts of treasures, including a piece of "Elvis's wallpaper" that's very close to the real thing. Those kids are careful readers. Wow.
A closeup of the table.
(He plays Robbie in the book trailer, below!)
Here they all are!
My last school visit was with the terrific readers at the Nightingale Bamford School in New York. I didn't get a lot of pictures, but I couldn't resist this. She was in a big crowd of adorable finger puppets. Kind of reminded me of Glory in her bathing suit!
As I was leaving, I received a handful of great thank you notes. I love this one. I wonder if she was channeling Elvis.
And now for the crowning glory (no pun intended). The kids at Christa McAuliffe, all on their own, created this book trailer for Glory Be. Thank you, thank you very much!
GLORY BE BOOK TRAILER
Kids and teachers- Click on over to fellow Florida writer Donna Gephart's blog and scroll all the way through to the end for her excellent suggestions of Things to Do This Summer!
And check out the BANK STREET BEST BOOKS of 2013. Some perfect selections, by age and genre, for summer and winter reading!