One of the joys of having your book on the state reading list for your own state is that you get to visit nearby schools and hear what they think. And of course, we all know that kids LOVE to tell the truth.
Tampa's GRADY ELEMENTARY was my most recent stop. Despite the rainy weather, I was welcomed in a BIG way! Check out the sign as I drove into
All the teachers and the librarian were so enthusiastic and their students were delightful.
A huge image of my cover art adorned the library.
4th grade teachers Melinda Dickens and Charlene Ritter truly made my day. The projects were fabulous!
Here are a few FLOATS, based on the Sunshine Reader list books. They'd had their own book parade! (It's all about Gasparilla in Tampa.)
4th grade kids made Lap Books, fully illustrated.
Tons of great stuff in these projects, including a letter to the EDITOR standing up for something they believed in.
Check this one!
"Naps help our health and give us energy to do our work."
And the fun continued today when I opened a folder full of letters, thanking me for sharing my book's journey with them.
Must share a few of these detailed, thoughtful notes. I'm still smiling.
(Some great advice, too...)
"Keep revising and work hard."
"I think it's really cool that you and your editor revised together.
I think my hand would fall off."
Yep, mine almost did.
"Now I know what Mrs. Ritter means by 'Our writing is never done!'"
Listen to your teachers, kids!
"As soon as your new book comes out I will surely be reading your newest master piece."
"Someday when I grow up I might write an autobiography and it might have your presentation in it."
"I loved your book. I'm pretty sure it was the BEST book I ever read."
Hey- I'll take Pretty Sure any day!
"I understood you like to read. I am a reading maniac as well. Now if you will excuse me, I have to do some reading myself."
On that note, I'm off to follow Jake's example and do a little reading myself.
Have a great week, teachers and librarians, and thanks for the amazing work you do to make kids so enthusiastic about books.