This week I had the pleasure to visit Winkelman Elementary School in Glenview, Illinois to preview my new book, Messy Magic Birthday, to 90 second graders. (one of whom is my granddaughter Cleo) I began by talking about writing and illustrating children’s books and how Lonely Lola Ladybug started as just an idea in my head but with a lot of work became an award winning book. They listened intently while I read them a projected version of my new book, Messy Magic Birthday, on a big screen in the media room.
When I finished reading, I told them that my goal for this book was to create a romping, rhyming, roller coaster story of pure fun, like an amusement ride. I asked, “Do you think I succeed?”
“Yes!” they said, “You get an A+!” I consider that the best review I could get!
I showed them some original illustrations from the book and we talked about the importance of a book’s cover. Then they asked if I would also read them Lonely Lola Ladybug. Luckily, I had a digital copy of it on a thumb drive in my pocket so we could project it onto the big screen. I thought that the 8 year olds might not be as into the little ladybug as younger children are but when I read it to them, I could see by their faces that they were deeply involved in the emotions of Lola’s story. That was really rewarding and why I love to do this. Thank you Winkelman school for a great visit!
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