Winter Story Night

Cookies, hot chocolate, and books are the perfect combination for a cold winter night. Paragould Primary School planned an event for children featuring those three elements. The skies opened up with a drenching rain, making the night freezing and wet, but even that didn't curb the kids' enthusiasm for story time.

The guest readers included representatives from the Paragould Rotary Club, Paragould police and fire departments, and school officials. Other readers were from KAIT Meteorology, Junior Auxiliary, AMMC, and PHS band, theater, and football students. Clifford posed for photos, and there was even a rumor that Elvis was in the building.

With such a line-up, I felt honored to be a guest reader, as well. I shared an excerpt from The Legend of Sassafras House. Thanks to the parents and grandparents who braved the adverse weather to allow the children to attend this heart-warming event.



Upcoming Events

Here's a few of the much-anticipated events on my calendar in the coming weeks:

February 19 -  Paragould Primary School
                        Guest reader at
                       Winter Reading Night 6:00 p.m.

March 2 -        Poplar Bluff, MO Municipal Library
                       Author fair 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

March 7 -       Westwood Elementary School
                       Springdale, AR
                       Author visit and presentation 8:30 a.m.

March 7 -       Monitor Elementary School
                       Springdale, AR
                       Author visit and presentation 11:30 a.m.

March 8 -       John Tyson Elementary School
                       Springdale, AR
                       Author visit and presentation 8:30 a.m.



Harrisburg Elementary School Visit

School librarians are the best! They are planners, coordinators, requisitionists, organizers, PR experts, educators, and literacy promoters, just to name a few of their duties. I've been honored that so many school librarians have invited me to their schools to speak to the students.

Yesterday, I visited a school new to me. It was my first visit to Harrisburg Elementary, and the first time I'd met school librarian Belinda Self. Because of her gracious invitation, I had a chance to talk to all third and fourth grade students about the importance of literacy, and, of course, about The Legend of Sassafras House.

Some individual students and groups posed for photos, and there was a lucky t-shirt winner. 

The students at Harrisburg Elementary are enthusiastic about reading. They were attentive and had interesting questions for me, even one about my age that I tried to artfully dodge. Thanks so much to Belinda Self for making my visit a success!