I am THRILLED to be a participating author in the inaugural year of #KidsNeedMentors.
#KidsNeedMentors was created by authors Ann Braden and Jarrett Lerner in cooperation with fifth grade teachers, Kristen Picone and Kristin Crouch. The program matches authors with schools for an entire year with the goal of getting kids excited about reading and writing. Authors will touch base once a month with their schools via old fashioned snail mail or Skype. They’ll give students a “behind the scenes look” at the work involved in writing a book, including sharing outlines, character studies, works in progress, dummies,** F&Gs, etc. Title 1 schools are given first priority in the pairings. Authors are also encouraged to do an in-person visit by year’s end.
I have been paired with third graders at Longridge Elementary School and students at Locust Valley Intermediate School. I cannot wait to get these books and all of this swag in the mail for them.
I’d like to shout out a huge THANK YOU to Ann Braden, Jarret Lerner, Kristen Picone and Kristin Crouch for organizing this incredible program.
It’s going to be great academic year. Go #KidsNeedMentors!
**Note for authors and illustrators: Never ever use the term “dummies” or “dummy” during school visits. For school visits, I refer to dummies as mock-ups. At my very first school visit, I made the mistake of calling a mock-up a dummy. Every single hand in that classroom was raised as soon as I said the word. “Excuse me. Ms. Newman, did you say, dummy?” Lesson learned.