Had a ball these past few weeks visiting classrooms in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
This 3rd grade class (in the pictures) read my book last fall and loved it so much they ALL wrote me letters. I spent a morning answering all their questions about writing and being a writer.
We had a great time talking about books, what makes a good book and why.
And, I was able to treat them to a reading of the first chapter of my next book,
the sequel to The Christmas Village.
Another day I visited with 150 4th and 5th graders in NH. I read from The Christmas Village and we used it to SHOW how a writer's choice of words can make stories come alive.
I had them act out little scenes to illustrate the difference between Showing and Telling.
These kids were so enthusiastic and engaged, and they seemed pretty excited about the book!
I wore a special microphone so that a hearing-impaired boy in the 5th grade could hear me. Afterward, he came up to me, thanked me again and again, and gave me TWO big hugs.
Best thing that's happened to me in ages, and the nicest thing that could ever happen to a writer!
These pictures are from my visit with the 3rd graders.
|"Some of you said you wanted to know if there will be another book, because you want to know 'what happens next.' Well, SO DO I!"|
|We were talking about "bad guys" in stories and why they are important!|
|So many great questions and wonderful insights from these kids!|