I had to think about that one a bit. I’m not exactly the type of person who jumps at public speaking opportunities… even if they are 3rd and 4th graders.
The school had an “Author Week” where they talked about writing, but they wanted to include some of the other, lesser-known careers related to books, so Kari thought I might be up to the task.
And I did it. I was super nervous (I know, it’s dumb) but I talked to two different classrooms about what I do and what I like about it. My own mother, elementary education major that she was back in the day, suggested coming up with an activity. So after a few short minutes of me talking… I handed out half sheets of paper and had them design their own covers…
Mom was on to something.
I had pointed out in my “speech” that ALL books need covers, not just novels. Cookbooks, textbooks, even things like how-to manuals often have a professionally designed cover. The kids went crazy! From sports to sharks, cupcakes to aliens, these kids came up with some amazing story ideas and drew up some pretty impressive covers in a short half hour.
A few weeks later, I received a massive stack of thank-yous from the kids (pictured here).
I was all worth it in the end.