Why I Wanted to be An Author
The best part, hands down, is sharing my books with kids.
While some kids are fortunate enough to get to meet authors like Jeff Kinney and Suzanne Collins at book stores, festivals, and even their own schools, many kids are not so lucky. And many schools and programs do not have the resources or budgets to bring in authors to visit and meet with their students. Luckily, there are great organizations that work to bring authors and illustrators to kids who might otherwise never meet them. And many of these organizations partner with First Book so every child in attendance receives a brand new signed book to keep.
For example, here in the greater Washington, DC area, there are several groups that facilitate author visits for programs and schools serving children in need. For example, last month I had a great visit to Washington DC’s Garfield Elementary School with Turning the Page. At this Community Night event, I got to lead a standing-room-only crowd of kids and parents in a spirited reader’s theater performance of Chicken Butt!
Each program is unique in its format and age focus but all have certain things in common: they serve schools and programs where a published author or illustrator is not someone the kids usually get to meet, they give kids books to call their own and they succeed in getting kids super-excited about reading, writing, drawing and books!
And one more thing: they all have as much of a positive impact on the authors as they do on the kids!