Last week I visited two great schools, full of enthusiastic readers. Both local, which is my favorite thing to do this wintry season.
Do you know what a charming little place DUNEDIN, Florida is?
(I've spent days wandering
around Dunedin, visualizing a different, fictitious place for my next
book. Hint: Dunedin and Destiny are a bit alike!)
When the librarian at Curtis Fundamental School in Dunedin contacted me way last summer inviting me to visit, her email was the very first I received after GLORY BE was selected for the Sunshine Readers list.
Who could resist an invitation with sentences like these:
Thank you for providing us with your historically accurate, beautifully written narrative about family and community support systems, and a very timely teaching tool! I know our students at Curtis would gain valuable knowledge and insight about the historical fiction writing process.
Of course I said yes. And now I have a new friend of my very favorite sort. Librarians who love books.
Her school has won the Battle of the Books trophy! Two years running!
I came home with flowers, Bridge Mix, and neat bookmarks, and I signed a big stack of books.
An Aside:Dunedin has a whole lot of Little Free Libraries.
I need to go back to see them.
Here's the link.
There's also a beautiful public library. Some of the Dunedin librarians came to visit and gave me this eye-catching necklace- It's a bookshelf!
Can't wait to wear it on my next school visit.
Earlier in the week I got to spend a little time with another Pinellas County school. Sutherland Elementary in Palm Harbor. Librarian Jackie Keller invited the special kids who'd read all the Battle of the Books books to a pizza party.
I shared my GLORY BE stickers.
These two turned theirs into a tiny book.
I loved hanging out with these clever kids!
(and the Godiva chocolate was nice, too...)