Last summer I signed up for the #KidsNeedMentors program advertised on Twitter. Coordinated by Jarrett Lerner, Ann Braden, Kristin Picone, and Kristin Couch– this program matches authors with teachers. The goal is to have an ongoing correspondence and relationship between writers and students, then meet in person before the end of the school year.

I enjoyed working with Ms. Miller and a group of 1st graders a few hours from where I live. I snail mailed a few letters and surprises to the students (stickers, Valentines, etc.), and they send cards back to me. They were excited to work on story ideas and create art.

Last week we met in person!  Here are a few photos from my visit to the school (name left off for privacy–all students are fine to have their photos displayed.) I did a free school visit, had fun creating crafts with the kiddos, and gave each student a signed copy of one of my books. It was a rewarding experience for all of us, and I hope the #KidsNeedMentors program continues next year so that more authors and more students can connect on a personal level! Hooray!