Oh the fun I had last Saturday!
I was part of a great anniversary celebration at Open Books in Chicago. If you're not aware of this store, they do great work promoting, celebrating and advocating for literacy and reading. If you are in the Chicago area, it is so worth a Field Trip to check it out. It is on Lake Street in the West Loop area.
Open Books does a wonderful job with Story Time twice a week. One on Thursday, and one on Saturday.... so this last week was the two year anniversary of this fun event... and I was invited to read my books... and generally have fun, sing, play and enjoy all that goes on with being around young children. Actually the parents were pretty fun too!
Watching kids engage with, and enjoy books is just the best! I loved the chance to watch their reactions, and their parents, as I read my stories. The best part is when you see them laugh, respond, and engage with all the parts you had hoped they would while you were writing it!
Someone asked me what was my primary goal in writing for kids, and I said "To have a child smile, and tell me they love my story!" That.. is the good stuff!
In writing this blog, I started talking about how to try and do right by your kids, be an example, help them become the people they are meant to be... well, that is what I got to do last week. Follow my dreams, and take the risk to embrace them. I keep telling my kids to do that... so I need to do that too!
Heres' a great quote from Oprah Winfrey:
"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams."
What are your dreams?
I'm having such a blast playing mine out... and I know that even though my kids are all grown up, they're still watching!
Until next time,