A week ago I had the pleasure to visit the four Kindergarten classes at Halifax Elementary school in Massachusetts. Mrs. Reidy, the teacher who invited me to come, had prepared the children in advance by reading my book and bio to them so they were very excited to have an author visit their classroom. I was impressed by the big, bright, vaulted ceiling room and by Mrs. Ready’s clever and sweet control of her students. She could gain their attention at any time by simply chanting a gentle command. “Everybody listen,” she sang and the little heads would pop up, look at her, and sing back, “Everybody listen.” It worked like a charm. After Mrs. Whitney’s class came to join us, I talked to the almost 40 students while they sat on a rug on the floor. I told them how a picture book gets made, read them my book projected on a screen, and answered questions. Lastly, I prompted the children to talk about what they would write a picture book about and then asked them to make a cover for their book. The kids love this part and so do I because I get to see the effect of my presentation. When I left the room, to do a second presentation to Mrs. DeSalvo’s and Mrs. Antoine’s classes, the kids were still drawing and even writing titles on their book covers! Thank you to the students and teachers at Halifax Elementary, my first public school author visit! I loved it!