A visit to Wilkes Elementary

This week I traveled to Wilkes Elementary School right here in Portland to visit several classes of second-graders. The kids had just read my book Ant, which is part of their reading anthology.

I read my book Beetle to the group and then spent some time answering the kids’ questions. Some questions were about ants, but a lot of questions were about being an author. My best advice to kids who think they might want to become authors is: “Write a lot. Start now.”

Afterward I got to have lunch with the principal of Wilkes and a table of kids who’d been chosen to eat with the special guest–me!–that week. The table was beautifully decorated with model insects and some of my books. There was even a banner that said:

DON’T “BUG” ME. I’M READING.

I had a great time. Thank you to Wilkes Elementary and everyone I met on this visit!

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