It’s true. Teachers can act, look and sound like paparazzi. We stalk authors and illustrators with the same zeal that photographers stalk Hollywood celebrity. Lights flash as teachers capture pictures to take back to their classrooms.
Somehow I walked out of the house today without my purse which carries my paparazzi equipment…my camera and my phone. I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to capture any photos of Laurie Keller, author of The Scrambled States of America, Arnie the Doughnut and several other titles. Delight replaced disappointment as I listened to Laurie as she told snippets of her girlhood and her writing/drawing journey. Seriousness prevaded as we touched a tooth and said the pledge to take care of our teeth. (Open Wide, Tooth School Inside) Kids were empowered as she walked them through a few drawing “lessons”. Giggles were heard as children shared their “dressed and decorated” otters. The room crackled with energy as she showed a slide of book covers…her favorite reads from childhood. The buzz from conversation reached a loud hum in the room as children turned and commented on the titles…connection to their own reading lives. Thank you authors for empowering us all with your words and art.
It is difficult just to highlight one of Laurie Keller’s books. I decided on Arnie the Doughnut. What an unsuspecting doughnut! This chocolate frosted doughnut with sprinkles has no idea what the purpose of a doughnut is. He soon finds out. Future adventures of Arnie and Mr. Bing are on deck in chapter book length. Can’t wait.