Short work day. At 9:00 I’ll greet a group of boys and girls in my first session of the day. I’ll speak to four groups of 100 or more kids and adults, two this morning and two in the afternoon. This evening I’ll go back to sign books and give a brief performance. My voice will be shot by tonight but I’ve never missed one of these events since it began 34 years ago and I always look forward to being there.
This year there are twelve authors and artists and nearly 2,700 children and adults. Here’s the lineup of speakers.
Mary Amato – Washington, DC – http://www.maryamato.com
Heather Brewer – Maryland Heights, MO – http://www.heatherbrewer.com
Mary Casanova – Ranier, MN – http://www.marycasanova.com
J.B. Cheaney – Bolivar, MO – http://www.jbcheaney.com
David Harrison – Springfield, MO – http://davidlharrison.com
Antony John – St. Louis, MO – http://antonyjohn.net
Obert Skye – Ammon, ID – http://www.abituneven.com
Marie Smith – Wilsonville, OR
Roland Smith – Wilsonville, OR – http://www.rolandsmith.com
Brad Sneed – Prairie Village, KS – http://www.bradsneed.com
June Rae Wood – Windsor, MO http://usawrites4kids.drury.edu/authors/wood
Judy Young – Springfield, MO – http://www.judyyoungpoetry.com
The event takes place on the campus of Missouri State University. I must decide which books to take along for the day. They often come in handy when talking about how this story or that one came to be. I don’t use a script with kids. It’s too much fun to just be there and roll with it. Off I go.