My day began with breakfast at Sarah Stewart‘s author table. What a delightful lady.We each received a copy of The Money Tree which she wrote in the back seat of a car after saying her last good-bye to her mother. The story poured out of her word by word in about 15 minutes. The book gives opportunity to ask, “What is the most important thing to you in the world?” Her husband, David Small, illustrates her books and sat a few tables down. Her next book is going to make some people squirm she confided to us, “but I like making people squirm.” The discussion turned to education. Teachers need to be loving rebels and show them what is right…all this testing is dangerous. I love the concept of a loving rebel.
From Sarah Stewart to Jacqueline Woodson…can it get any better? She wrote on everything as a child including walls of buildings. It will surprise you that she was a slow reader unlike her older sister. Stories…”I read them over and over until they became a part of me. I realized later that I was reading as a writer.” This lady has a gift of being able to recite text from memory. Her books are must buys.
When you think it can’t get better you find you are sitting in the audience captivated by Matt Faulkner. His latest book, A Taste of Colored Water was inspired by images he remembered as a child…death of President Kennedy…death of Martin Luther King…death of Robert Kennedy…April 5, 1976, Boston. Surprise! Surprise! A book, Road to Freedom, and not the internet was used as a resource for his illustrations.
Kelly Gallagher: Schools value the development of test takers rather than the development of readers.