Thank You, Lincoln Elementary School!

Last week, I spent a wonderful day with the readers of Lincoln Elementary School in Wyckoff, NJ. I was all ready to begin my presentation for the 4th and 5th graders, when they turned the tables on me and announced that THEY would be kicking off our author asssembly with a song celebrating CAPTURE THE FLAG.  Check this out… it’s set to the Pink Panther theme song!


Not to be outdone, the 2nd and 3rd graders turned the “Friend Fish Song” at the end of my picture book SEA MONSTER AND THE BOSSY FISH into “The Friend Fish Rap.”


And the K-1 students sang one of Sea Monster’s favorite songs, “Old McDonald Had a Lake.”


Many thanks to the kids and music teacher Juliette Vesque for such a delightfully creative welcome! School Library Media Specialist Jackie Soroko was one of the most enthusiastic author visit hostesses I’ve ever encountered. The students in each presentation chose a color to wear to represent my books. 4-5 wore red, white, & blue for CAPTURE THE FLAG, 2-3 wore green for MARTY MCGUIRE & SEA MONSTER,… and because Jackie was there for all of the presentations, she did a quick change from her red sweater & hair bow to a green sweater & hair bow just in time. Color me seriously impressed.

Music teacher Juliette Vesque (left) & Librarian Jackie Soroko (right) obviously make this school a LOT of fun.

Besides presenting and signing lots of books, I had a wonderful pizza-and-ice-cream lunch with some of Lincoln’s most enthusiastic readers. What a great crew!

Thank you, Jackie and Juliette, and EVERYONE at Lincoln Elementary School for such a musically and bookishly wonderful day!