|Mrs. Knapp shows off her yellow bandana.|
I should have known that Amy would speak in the same way she writes -- offering up invitations for people around her. Her talks were filled with invitations and possibilities. She began talking to each group about why she loved words and I loved watching the kids' faces as they worked through anagrams, palindromes and more. She also talked about how she loves ideas and let kids in on the secret that ideas are everywhere. They just need to be on the lookout. She read from her books. One of my favorite things that day, was the cheering that went on in the crowd every time Amy put up a slide of a cover to one of her books. It was true concert behavior as the kids yelled, clapped and hollered for their favorite book. Spoon, Duck Rabbit and Bedtime for Mommy all got huge cheers from the crowd. Seems that all of her books are their favorites!
Amy shared a video that I hadn't seen with our older kids. The Money Tree:
Then she talked to kids about the surprises and asked them the question, "What would you have done had you walked past the money tree?" It was a great conversation and a great invitation for reflection.
She shared some of her upcoming book with us that I am VERY excited about. It is called THIS PLUS THAT and is due out VERY soon! It is a great story of word equations with great messages about life. I think the kids will have fun trying to write some of their own after seeing Amy's.
To thank Amy for her visit, our amazing friend, Karen Spector, created a special necklace for Amy. Karen is our favorite jewelry artist and she was moved by Amy's work when I shared the site. She created an amazing necklace that celebrated Amy's work. We are finding that everyone is touched by Amy's work once they discover it.
As I said, it was a perfect day and I am loving all of the conversations and things that are happening because of Amy's visit. Kids are not only continuing to enjoy her books, but they are talking about the things she invited them to think about. This is an author visit that will live with our kids for a very long time. Thank you, Amy!