Visiting schools is one of my favorite parts of being an author. I love being able to share my passion for words with students as well as seeing their sparks of curiosity and imagination catch fire.
Last week at the Wisconsin State Reading Association Convention I had the privilege to meet and listen to Newbery Award winning Kwame Alexander talk about his experience with author visits, of which he’s done more than TWO THOUSAND. He even managed to squeak one in on his way to the convention.
A friend asked, “would you just ‘stop by’ on your way to the convention?” He landed in Milwaukee at 11:30 in the morning and was scheduled to present at the Wisconsin Center at 3:00 pm. He said he doesn’t do anything for free anymore but couldn’t resist. So, he did “just stop by” and in the process inspired 800 kids.
At the end of the presentation a student asked him, “How do you do it?”
“Do what?” Kwame asked.
“Act like you belong here. How do you do it?”Read More