On Monday I’ll do my first school visit of the year. I’ll be at Watkins Elementary in Springfield and meet with four groups of students in grades 2, 3, 4, and 5.
I’ll be reminded again of how different our audiences are from one year to the next. We write for kids, sure, but for which kids? I’ve used these examples before but here they are again: quotes from student entries in a book I did years ago that highlighted student responses to the prompt, “What I’ve Learned So Far . . . “
Grade 2: Boys are worse than I thought.
Grade 3: You can’t keep a boy and girl hamster together.
Grade 4: I can go with eight girls at a time without any of them knowing it.
Grade 5: I like money and I don’t have it.
These examples amuse me in part because from early on we see an increased awareness of gender that goes from revulsion (grade 2) to the rather cocky lady’s man in grade 4. And by grade 5 they are finally figuring out that money has something to do with what they can and cannot get, gender-wise or otherwise.
Anything you want me to tell the boys and girls at Watkins for you? I’ll be happy to convey your messages.
Yesterday Sandy and I went to the Meyer Library on the Missouri State University campus. We both wanted to spend time admiring the handiwork of those who put together a display of my work last month when David Harrison Day kicked off a seven week exhibit of books, manuscripts, interviews, magazine stories, photographs, etc. I loved seeing it all in one place.
The exhibit starts coming down in six days and will be packed in storage boxes for now.
I’m told that there have been many visitors during the last several weeks. If you or someone you know might have an interest in seeing the display, you have until May 29.
I took some pictures yesterday with my phone. They didn’t turn out very well but I’ll share a few here.
There's another display of several of my titles in the children's literature collection. I think it stays up longer but I'm not sure.
Once again, my thanks to Cherri Jones, Tom Peters, Dave Richards, Dea Borneman, and everyone else at Meyer for their wonderful work and support.