Excited to share this news …
Excited to share this news …
Last week I received a delightful surprise in the mail — letters from students I met at a recent school visit! Lucky me! Hearing from young readers always makes my day.
Here are a few snippets:
“I love your fantastic writing!”
“Thank you for visiting our school and calling us up to be assistants in your program. It was fun.”
“Your books were cool to look at.”
“I was thinking about this program all week. Thank you for letting us ask questions.”
As I said — Lucky Me! I can’t wait for my next mailbox surprise.
Enjoyed appearing on a panel at the Evanston Library last Saturday to discuss writing books for children. The panel was moderated by Betsy Bird, SLJ blogger and Evanston Library Manager, and included (l to r): Sara Shacter (author and SCBWI-IL Asst. Regional Advisor), Ruth Spiro (author), me (author and SCBWI-IL Network Rep.) , Terri Murphy (illustrator/author and Illustrator Network Coordinator), Betsy Bird, and Gemma Cooper (agent based in Chicago).
January is a great time to get out of my office and visit schools. Always ENJOY my time with readers and teachers! Here I am visiting an Illinois school and we’re talking NF research and writing during a 30 minute program for each grade level. Great enthusiasm from the students. Would show you photos of the kids in action with a fun skit . . . but most schools/parents don’t want any student photos posted with faces displayed — which I completely understand. The principal did say this . . .
“The staff and students LOVED having you. The elementary kids are very impressionable at this age and truly take what you say to heart. We had more kids wanting to write their own story after you left….. so I know you made a true impact on them.” HOORAY for School Visits!
This year marks the 31st annual Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row LitFest — June 6th-7th.
I will be appearing both days at the Lil’ Lit Park, Kids Stage.
Sat June 6th – 12:45 – 1:15 pm
We’ll high-five all things baseball for young readers and listeners with my picture book, Ballpark. Kids will join me in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, doing some baseball stretching exercises, and listening to my book.
Sun June 7th – 3:15 – 4:00 pm
Celebrate sports with the Poetry Team U.S.A.! During their lively program, they’ll share entertaining poems and skits with the crowd. These Illinois writers have poetry featured in the award- winning anthology, And the Crowd Goes Wild! Wear your favorite sports t-shirt and come join in the fun!
Coordinated with the release of my latest children’s picture book, download and print a copy of my 7-page Activity Guide for your young reader to use! You’ll find crafts, a snack recipe, baseball stretching exercises, vocabulary and rhyming activities, a baseball family tree, and a maze challenge! Just go to the Handouts page of the website to find educational handouts and activity guides for my books. Enjoy!
This year our Poetry Team USA has taken our show on the road to a number of schools with an interactive, engaging multi-media program. We’ve had a great time presenting an all-school program in the gymnasium, followed by break out sessions with kids by grade level – teaching a unique form of poetry to students 1-5th grade levels. Schools have responded with great enthusiasm- students wear their favorite sports tee-shirt or jersey that day, create posters in advance of the program, and are ready to learn and have fun that day. Contact us if you would like to learn more!
Pictured below (left to right): Cathy Cronin, Michelle Schaub, Heidi Roemmer, Pat Cooley and me – Eileen Meyer. All are published poets and authors. Our group includes two elementary school teachers and a few marketing professionals — all dedicated writers!