I donated a copy of my first two books to her teacher and school. Abigail's teacher was kind enough to let me come to the classroom to share my books. This was very exciting and nerve racking. I had never read in front of a group of kids that were not related to me. It was also the end of the year and it was apparent by their energy. So how did taming a bunch of 5 and 6-year old kids go?
It went GREAT!
They sat and listened and laughed. They told me their favorite parts. Including, watching Dad tuck Abigail in bed and their adventure to find Bigfoot in, "I Miss You All Day All Week. They loved meeting Ned and seeing Sue dress nicely at the end in, "Naughty Ned and Wild Hair Sue."
They raised their little hands and asked questions. They wanted to know how I came up with my ideas, how do I draw the pictures, and what it was like to be an author. They are excited to see my next book, "Talking Tiger is Tough."
Abigail was so happy to share this with her friends. Lucky for me it is not embarrassing for her yet. She helped me make and hand out little coloring books, like the one below. The kids sat and colored and I talked to them one-on-one and they gave me hugs. It was so encouraging and a great stop in this journey of children's books.
Next stop surviving summer break and meeting my publication deadline.