Summer Camps and Workshops
Maps, Poisonous Tongues, and Sweet Potato Soup
I was honored to learn that The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic had been named one of four finalists for the 2013 National Homeschool Book Award, which celebrates "great fiction that shines a positive light on what learning outside a traditional classroom looks like." Homeschooling families around the country can sign up to vote on their favorite book, and the website includes activities related to each of the books and suggestions for how to start a book club in your area. I'm so impressed by the creative ideas they've come up with for Mount Majestic . . .
What If I Were a . . .
Most of these pictures come from kids who have heard me speak at their schools, which I consider one of the great privileges of my job as a writer of children's books. I absolutely love the outpouring of imagination I witness when I stand before a group of students prompting them to ask the question "What if?" in their stories and in their lives.
The highlight of my recent string of school visits was a thank-you letter that ended this way (punctuated exactly as the letter-writer did):
"Someday I might be an author write a book ask you to read it what if I was a giant thank you."
What a fantastic job I have! Not only did I inspire this child to become an author, I inspired him to become a giant. Now that is worth the writing of a book.
If you're interested in having me come to your school or library, see my Visits page.
Persimmony Smudge as an Oreo?
This definitely wins the prize for most creative fan art. Made on the 100th anniversary of the Oreo by the inimicable Rebecca Reynolds, these delicate carvings of King Lucas, Persimmony, Mount Majestic, a pepper shaker, and a giant's nose definitely take the cake . . . er, cookie.