In addition to sharing our children's charity books with schools and local organizations, I take part in many of the festivals held year round in my area of central Kentucky. Setting up a booth and talking to everyone who comes by is yet another way to get the word out about The Peacock Writers. A new festival showcasing local author talent is being held nearby on April 18. Everyone is excited about this festival in that the sponsors want to hold a festival strictly to support local authors! The sponsors tell us they have received calls from publishers in New York asking if they can put their authors in. (It had to be explained to them that this is a local production and not national exposure!) Promotional videos are being prepared of each author to advertise. Here is my video...be kind!
I had the joy of visiting my old stomping ground, Helmwood Heights Elementary School (in Elizabethtown, KY) today. It is "I Love To Read" week at Helmwood and I was invited to read one of my stories to Leah Gardner and Liz Looten's second grade classes.
I was an instructional assistant at Helmwood from September 1999-May 2012 working in different years with first grade up to fifth. Many of my co-workers are still there so it's always fun to see everyone especially since they are still there working hard, noses to the grindstone but I'm now just breezing through for a short visit!
The students and staff were all dressed as their favorite storybook characters so not to be outdone, I brought my favorite hat for Cat In The Hat. But not just any Cat In The Hat. My hat was blue and white so I was the UK Cat In The Hat (for the uninformed, that's the University of Kentucky Wildcats----GO BIG BLUE!!) The second graders figured it out immediately. "You're the UK Cat In The Hat!!" (You have to live in Kentucky to understand the fever pitch and obsession of college basketball!)
Since we're technically still in the winter season (even though Mother Nature has been giving all of our snow to Boston), I chose to read a story from The Peacock Writers' last winter book, Snowflakes On My Lashes. The story is called The Ice Surfing King and is about Robert and his brothers and their favorite pastime. But if you haven't yet read the story, there's something a little different about Robert and his siblings. I'll let you find out on your own. :-)
A big thank you to teachers Leah Gardner, Liz Looten, and instructional assistant Kendra Walker for letting me take up your class time and share with the students.
I hope to return sometime soon!
If you are one of the students reading this, I hope you enjoyed it as well. Don't forget, Snowflakes On My Lashes is now in your library! Check it out!
The Peacock Writers
Twice a year the Peacock Writers publish a book in several formats to raise money for children's charities.