My Visiting Author Trip to Kenwood School

I felt like a little girl on Christmas morning opening the biggest present, and finding exactly what she wanted!

When Sharon Watson, Kenwood School’s librarian, invited me to come do an author visit assembly, I was over-the-top thrilled. I taught at Kenwood for ten years and filled various creative roles. To me, it was the happiest place on earth to teach but I gave it up to pursue my writing dreams.

Facing the assembled children, I told the story of my journey since second grade. I didn’t bore them with lengthy tales of my history but encouraged them to keep hoping and dreaming and work hard at whatever their dream is, in order to make it come true.

Just for fun, I gave volunteers the opportunity to shoot rubber bands through holes on a game board, reminding them that shooting a rubber band is how Eddie got in trouble and they should only use rubber bands for their intended purpose or end up in the principal’s office.

The students had many great questions and I had to opportunity to speak to the fifth-grade class as they are doing a NANOWRIMO project.

It’s always a pleasure to watch the faces of the children as I sign books. But, just like a day ending at Disneyland, I didn’t want to leave the happiest place on earth. Alas, I must return to the hardest part of being an author – writing.

2 responses to “My Visiting Author Trip to Kenwood School”

  1. Lynette says:

    So happy you had such a wonderful experience at Kenwood School. I have no doubt that you inspired many children and that your visit left everyone with lots of warm memories!

  2. Cindy Stromlund Thomas says:

    I am so happy that you were able to go back to do a presentation at Kenwood. I love this picture of you sitting at the table… you look so much like daddy in this picture! I know he is so proud of you and is watching you from Heaven!

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