This library is just half a mile from Birmingham Zoo, the inspiration for Don't Feed the Boy!
"What is the best part of your day?"
"What are you scared of?"
"Two lions meet at the water hole. What do they say to one another?"
They wrote their responses on index cards, and I collected them to read aloud our Community Poem. AND THEN...
it was time for Safari Sketchbooks. :) We had a pile of old National Geographic Kids magazines, and kids selected a picture of the animal they wanted to write about. They cut and pasted the picture to the cover of their Sketchbooks, added the filler paper, and used leather cording to bind it. And then they WROTE, using the same prompts, but for their own individual animal.
Funny thing: unicorns came up A LOT. Wonderful boys. :)
I'm especially grateful to those who came out for the reception on a stormy weeknight. I have asked so much of my readers and friends this year with launch events for The Sky Between Us and Don't Feed the Boy. I really wasn't sure anyone would show up! Those of us who were there enjoyed lovely conversation about writing and life and what it means to create. Thank you, friends!
|Marie, Joan & John, manning the book table!|
.... and with the fella who makes all this possible: sweet husband Paul!
Thanks to everyone who was a part of this one! SO MUCH FUN. xo