Thank You to the authors! You made my first days of school the most exciting in years! Jeff Anderson, the shirt did the trick — just what I wanted for my mystery book talk. I’m so happy that I was persistent in asking for the T. I’m even happier that you shared with us! “Who is Zack Delacruz?” Come to room 138 to find out! Even the assistant principal and social worker stopped by to see what we were reading. I had a waitlist right away (I only had two copies at first) and the reviews coming in are “two thumbs up.”
After Mr. Anderson’s generosity, I sent a message begging for the little pins for the debate: #teamladypancake or #teamsirfrenchtoast? The kids were buzzing the hallways, asking their neighbors, “Which side are you on?” and “I hear Mrs. Sniadecki likes pancakes better.” Thank you, Josh Funk! We DID receive pins, and trading cards, and a note from the author himself. Autograph score! Mr. Funk even wrote response emails to two of my students who wrote to him after our visit to the computer lab to see the book trailer/song.
Last but not least, I wrapped up another fabulous gift for the class — from Raina Telgemeier — thank you so much! We so enjoyed the black and white version of The Babysitter’s Club graphic novel. Another autographed book! Yes! That book was in the hands of a student 20 seconds after the book talk.
I’m having such a fabulous time in reading class this year. We are so lucky to have sharing, generous, and funny (!) authors to help students, in middle school, no less, find the time to read. This post is dedicated to you.