I’ve gotten to talk in a couple of schools these last few months. My last visit was to my second-grader’s classroom. Here are some of the thank you letters his classmates sent me:
As a child, I never had an author visit my school, but I can imagine how magical it would have been. Have you ever experienced an author visit?
one Class of 2k12 T-shirt
one MAY B. journal
one packet of 2011 bookmarks
To enter, comment below about an author event you’ve attended or one you’d like to attend. I’d love to hear school visit stories! The winner (randomly selected) will be announced Monday, 1/23.
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Win a copy of Caroline Starr Rose’s debut, May B. :: Something to Write About
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Jennifer Shirk says
That is so cool!! Your book is still in my TBR pile! Can’t wait!
gae polisner says
omg, too adorable. You are the only author I know. Hah!
I recently told a teacher I would pay a Skype visit.
He wrote back how exciting it would be for the kids to have a successful author Skype in.
I told him I’d work on finding him one, then, but if not, would he settle for me. Badumdum. 🙂
Keisha Martin says
That was so awesome the children wrote you, and appreciated you seeing them, the only author I saw was Suzanne Colins I was so excited, nervous I cried, she was so gracious and the most amazing author, humble and a million other great things. If and when I get published I want to be the type of writer that is like that genuine and always supportive and humble to others that appreciate my stories. I cannot wait to read MAY B. =0D
Jenn @ Under the Covers says
When I was in grade 3, my class went to see Michael Marchenko, which I thought wasgreat because I really liked the Robert Munsch books. I even got a book signed by him and it was one of my favorites 🙂
Connie Keller says
How wonderful! I know you’ll treasure those letters.
I never had an author visit my schools–I would’ve loved it.
Irene Latham says
Adorable! Nothing quite so humbling as fan letters. 🙂 Reminds me of the series on Barbara O’Connor’s blog DEAR BARBARA O’CONNOR. Love it!
Two authors on my bucket list: Gary Paulsen and Katherine Paterson. Hope it happens!
These are priceless!!
When I was in high school, Eudora Welty read to my English class. It was inspiring (to say the least).
Now, I am lucky to live in a town with an incredible indie bookstore a few blocks from my house. My children are growing up seeing and meeting authors all the time. They think that’s just a normal part of growing up.
Kimberley Griffiths Little says
Oh, you and your kids ARE lucky, Sarah Frances! I didn’t meet a *real* author until I was 30 years old!
Aren’t these letters priceless, Caroline? I love ’em. (Actually got a stack of snail mail letters I need to respond to. The email ones are much easier and faster!)
Kimberley Griffiths Little says
Ooh, just saw Irene’s comment about Gary Paulsen and Katherine Paterson on her bucket list. I’ve been able to meet and hear both of them speak (MANY years ago at a small, intimate writer’s conference) and they were both absolutely wonderful. I wept.
Gary Paulsen shared his adventures and pictures from the Iditarod Race for 2 hours – it was riveting!
These are so adorable! I head our Creative Arts and Sciences at my elementary school and I help to bring in outside speakers and programs. I really think the author visits can change a child’s life … who knows which child will be inspired to become an author after meeting you? I bet a few!
Ghenet Myrthil says
These are awesome! I never had an author visit my classroom as a kid either, but I would have loved it.
Liesl Shurtliff says
One of the many reasons to write for children! I’m sure adult authors don’t get the same quality of fan-mail.