My last author visit of the 2012-2013 school year was a warm, wonderful, welcoming day spent with readers in Bloomingdale and Saranac Lake, NY. I was a little worried about making it to the schools because the night before this visit, our weather radio went off at 3am, warning of flooding rivers in the area. It was obvious on my drive that the waters were threatening, but the roads were fine.
I made it to both schools and was so, so glad. The kids were amazing readers and had so many terrific questions after my presentation – I could have stayed to talk books with them all day.
Me with with librarian extraordinaire, Allison Follos.
These readers were full of surprises, too. In Saranac Lake, the school had two T-shirts waiting for me — one from the school to show my Petrova spirit, and one from the Saranac Lake Teachers Association that I loved, too, because we share the same values.
Many of the students surprised me with posters they’d made themselves, illustrating scenes from my books or creating idiom illustrations like the character Sinan loves to do in CAPTURE THE FLAG.
Thank you, Bloomingdale and Petrova Elementary Schools, for making my last school visit of 2012-2013 such a day to remember!