March is reading month. Yeah! Really! So, get a book off that shelf and get crack-a-lackin’! You’ve got some reading to do this month.
Is it bossy if it’s for the good of literature? Hm.
Anyway, because schools are celebrating, many are inviting authors to come speak to the kids.
And, goodness me, my daughter’s teacher invited me. My girl is in 1st grade where it is still cool to have your mom come in.
I thought it would be fun to talk about the tools writers need. So, I got my hands on one of my husband’s tool boxes.
And packed it with all kinds of things that writers need.
I included a coffee cup (of course), a journal, pens, a banana (representing brain food), an eraser, my Alot monster (made by Kristi West…representing buddies who can encourage you), flarp (that toot sounding goo stuff to symbolize sense of humor), Peter Pan (protagonist), and Captain Hook (for the antagonist).
I also included a book. Charlotte’s Web, of course. Because I wanted them to understand that masterfully written books are among the most important tools a writer has. That, my friends, is why I read so much. I’m building my writing muscles.
I enjoyed myself so much. The kids were great and engaged listeners. I was paid in hugs and toothy smiles.
And I got to look into the faces of kids who, one of these days, might write a few books of their own. Wouldn’t that be something?
I hope that, through my little talk, a few of those kids can hold onto their dreams. Carry them into their adult years. Knowing that it’s possible.
Believing you can do it is a pretty great tool.