Last week I had the good fortune to do interactive presentations with grades 3, 4 and 5 at Memorial Elementary School in Leicester, Massachusetts. My topic was revision, and the students were polite, enthusiastic, and engaged. The time and effort administrators and teachers had put into preparation was clear. All the students had already heard several of my books. They had even written poems using their own names, like my character Sidney the poet in Don’t Call Me Sidney. Their charming poems, with illustrations, were posted all around the gym.
The students’ responses to my questions and writing prompts made it clear that the school is doing a great job encouraging literacy. I was told that my presentation inspired students. Well, they inspired me!